With summer here, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying cool. The extreme temperatures of summer bring an increased risk of being exposed to extreme heat, even inside homes. This can pose a threat to infants, the elderly, and those with medical conditions.
To make sure you are getting the most out of your HVAC system this summer, you may want to keep it maintained. This will help it operate at its best efficiency, giving you a cool home for the summer. Here are six tips to help you maintain and keep your HVAC system running smoothly.
Do you change your filter regularly? If not, now is the time to start checking it and replacing it. Check your filter regularly for pollen, dust, and even pollution. If yours accumulates these often, you may want to replace your filter every three weeks, especially if you use your air conditioning often. But if you don’t have any pets or live in an area with lots of pollen, you may not need to replace your filter as often. Your filter can be replaced every one to three months, especially if you don’t use your HVAC system regularly.
Your condenser coils and air ducts also need regular cleaning. Cleaning your condenser coils is something you can easily do on your own. To clean the coils, make sure your condenser is turned off, then spray the coils with water to clean off dirt. If left with a debris buildup, your coils will struggle to turn heat from the outside air into cool air for your home. On the other hand, cleaning your air ducts can be a difficult task, and it is best to hire professionals to clean any dust and debris buildup in your air ducts.
Many homes are already equipped with programmable thermostats, which is a great thing. These allow you to schedule when you want your home to cool and when you would like this to turn off. It’s great for helping to control costs. But to make things even easier on yourself, consider upgrading your thermostat to a Wi-Fi-enabled model, which will give you access to controlling your home’s air conditioning from your phone. This means you will be able to access your thermostat in any area where you have Wi-Fi.
Sometimes your thermostat may break, causing it to not be able to read the temperature in your home, which in turn means it won’t be able to cool your home down. This is an easy fix, though. Schedule a time for a professional technician to come by to calibrate your thermostat, which will return it to working order.
To get the most out of your HVAC system, keep all the vents in your home unobstructed. Vents that aren’t blocked help you get the coolest air circulating throughout your home. Furniture can easily block and restrict airflow, so be sure to keep your furniture away from your vents.
Your outside condenser unit is likely to get damaged since it is constantly exposed to the elements. Regularly check your condenser unit fan to make sure it hasn’t been damaged, and that there is no debris through the slits. If you notice any damages, replace your fan as soon as possible.