Maintenance Tips to Get Your HVAC Ready for Spring

Springtime is the time for clearing out and refreshing your home, so it’s also the perfect time to take on all your indoor and outdoor maintenance tasks. It’s particularly important to clean, care for, and schedule maintenance on your HVAC unit. Proper cleaning and maintenance on your AC system will save you up to 20 percent off your utility bills, but it will also keep you cool and comfortable all summer long.

Install a Smart Programmable Thermostat

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If you’ve not yet installed a smart programmable thermostat, your springtime maintenance is the perfect time to put one into place. A programmable thermostat allows you to schedule the temperature that’s perfect for your comfort while you’re at home. When you automatically turn the thermostat down by 7-10 degrees while you’re not home, you can save 10-12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling from your yearly electricity bill. That adds up to an average of $131-145 every year.

Maintain the HVAC Unit

Basic maintenance on your HVAC unit saves you time and money in energy and repair costs. The first step of spring maintenance is to remove all dirt and debris from the outside compressor and also to clean the inside evaporator. Replace the filter and bring in a technician for your yearly maintenance appointment. When your AC technician comes in, that person will identify wear and tear on the unit, repair and replace potentially parts, and make adjustments that will keep your HVAC system functioning to optimal performance levels even during the summer months.

Test the AC system

Another step in spring maintenance is to turn on the AC unit on and make sure it’s functioning efficiently. On a day that is 80 degrees or higher in temperature, turn on your AC unit and leave it running for 15 minutes. Then, walk through the house with a thermostat, making sure that the AC is working. Even if you’ve already completed all your other maintenance prep, test it under a real scenario to make sure your system really is working the way it should. Run the test before you will absolutely need the unit every day. If your HVAC unit does not perform as expected, you’ll still have time to bring in an AC technician to fix the problem.

It’s easy to think that your AC system should just work the way you want it to when you turn it on for the summer heat. After all, you haven’t done anything to alter or put any stress on it during the winter. That’s the big issue, though. It has been off all winter, so it’s an unknown variable. It’s also pretty fair to assume that you haven’t been regularly cleaning your unit or replacing the filters while the unit was turned off all winter.

When you plan ahead and address the cleaning, repair, and optimization early enough in the spring, your HVAC system should work like a breeze when you need it during the summer. A few minutes of preemptive work for a summer of cool. That’s an easy tradeoff.

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