Texas has varied and changing weather, and when it’s hot, it’s really hot and when it’s cold it’s really cold. This is why having an HVAC system at home is considered one of the best investments any homeowner should invest. Heat ventilating air conditioning, commonly known as HVAC, helps regulate the temperature and keeps you cool when it’s hot, and offers heat when it’s cold.
It is mainly responsible for improving the quality of air that circulates in your home. Overall, it makes your home living experience better and comfortable. However, now we move through spring into hotter weather, we have compiled some tips for you.
Spring and Summer HVAC
Are your HVAC units ready for spring? Preparing your HVAC units for the warmer temperature in spring can help extend the life of your precious equipment. Aside from summer, spring is also the best time to clean your HVAC to eliminate all the dust, dirt and particles that were piled up during the winter months. A well-maintained HVAC can help save you money in the long run and it can make your system perform efficiently.
Here are some spring cleaning tips you can follow in cleaning and maintaining your HVAC during this warm season.
Install a digital thermostat for better air conditioning
Installing a digital thermostat can decrease the costs of your energy at home. In choosing a thermostat, make sure to install a digital programmable one. See our article on the benefits of digital thermostats.
A programmable thermostat is highly recommended because you can adjust your preferred temperature and even schedule the time it will operate. A lot of homeowners are using a thermostat, especially on the days that everyone is away from home.
Always keep your windows closed
When windows are open, the warm air can easily get into your homes. Thus, it could affect your household’s temperature and cause your unit to overwork. The heat that seeped through your interior will cut down the efficiency of your HVAC unit and will increase the operating costs, which means bigger bills land on your doorstep.
Moreover, keeping your windows always closed can prevent allergens from entering your home. You need to be aware of the harmful effects of these allergens, as they can pose health risks and cause a less than comfortable environment. The members of your family who are allergic or suffering from asthma are susceptible to such risks when your indoor air quality at home is compromised.
Change your HVAC filters
Changing filters every month to 3 months, not only helps with allergies but can give a great impact on your household, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. Filters with much-accumulated dust can lessen the efficiency of your unit. When filters of your system are replaced regularly, you are relieved to know that the air you will breathe is clean and the quality of air in your household will be improved.
Check if there are leaks in your HVAC
Scan the duct work of your HVAC system. The duct in your system includes the metals and tubes which are responsible for ventilation and cooling.
If there are leaks or holes in these tubes, it can affect the air in your homes that will make your household uncomfortable. Furthermore, this is also an invitation to pests such as termites, rats, and other critters. These pests not only contaminate your system but cause so much damage to your ducts and you could be breathing in pest droppings without knowledge. Rats are especially prevalent to infesting HVAC ducts. To prevent this from happening, seal any holes or cracks you can find and call a pest control technician.
Clear any blockage in your drainage holes
Your HVAC unit is not only responsible for making your home cool, but it also regulates the level of humidity. The excess moisture runs through the drain holes. It is imperative to make sure your drain holes are not clogged, which can cause mold and fungus to grow and become a health concern.
To clear the blockage, use a pump to drain any material or excess water. If there is debris in your unit such as leaves, make sure to remove them as well.
Try out your air-conditioner
In preparation for the warmer days that spring brings, it is suggested to turn on your unit and check if there are issues in cooling or ventilation.
If checking the issues won't do the trick, then you might need to consider a replacement. If your unit is a bit old, it is a good idea to upgrade your unit to avoid spending too much on repairs.
Schedule an HVAC unit maintenance
Contact your HVAC service provider to check your HVAC unit. Even if you already do the cleaning and changing of filters on your own from time to time, some duct cleaning tricks might not do all the work. In such cases, it is best to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician.
Air conditioning experts like Poe Air will do a detailed check of your unit to ensure that no parts will be left behind. We recommend scheduling regular maintenance as one of your spring cleaning tasks to prevent any future problems with your HVAC.
One of the things you do not want to happen during spring is your HVAC failing. Everyone knows how stressful that circumstance will be, most especially when all you want is to experience a cool and hassle-free season this year. With Poe Air and Heating, you can expect that your HVAC is well cared for and ready for you to enjoy the spring through the summer season to the fullest.