With another humid summer expected, our HVAC systems need to be in excellent working order. The last thing you want is to find out that your cooling system has malfunctioned on the hottest day of the year. By identifying any possible concerns upfront and staying on top of regular maintenance, you not only save yourself time and money but also ensure that you and your family remain cool throughout the season.
Check out our quick tips below for simple ways to keep up with your summer HVAC maintenance.
Keep These HVAC System Maintenance Tips in Mind
Replace your furnace filter regularly
This is something so simple that can have such an impact on your HVAC system. Make sure to replace or clean your filter (if it’s a permanent one) monthly. This will save you money and energy, and save your system a lot of unnecessary stress.
Inspect your outdoor unit
Before pumping in that cool air, do an inspection of your outdoor AC unit. Make sure there is no debris inside, on top or underneath it. Also, clear a space around the unit and cut down or remove any branches, plants or other items that might interfere with or get lodged in it.
Clean out all vents and ductwork and inspect for damage
Do a visual inspection of all vents and ductwork to look for any holes, large dents or obstructions that could interfere with your HVAC system’s ability to function properly. Also, its recommended to have your ducts cleaned out every so often. The frequency depends on a variety of factors, including if you have pets, have done renovations or are prone to allergens, but your ductwork should be addressed more regularly if any of those situations apply.
Install a programmable thermostat
If you don’t already have one, make sure to install programmable or smart thermostats. These will help keep your system from working harder than it has to. You’ll also be able to set temperature levels for times when you’re away from home, which in turn will allow you to save money and energy over the year.
Look for places that can leak air out of your home
To ensure your HVAC system only needs to pump out the air you need, do a visual inspection of your home to look for anywhere that air could leak out. This can include windows, outdoor AC lines or doorways. Fill any leaks or holes you find with insulation or caulking. If you’re still uncertain, call in a professional to help you identify and address any problem areas.
Get an air conditioner precision tune-up
To make sure your air conditioner lasts the whole summer through, seasonal maintenance on your AC is a very important tip that shouldn’t be ignored. A well-cared for AC unit will last for many years and its smooth running will help you ‘keep your cool’ too.
Have a professional inspect your HVAC system
Overall, if you’re unsure of what exactly to look for or just want an expert opinion, make an appointment with a licenced technician to give your system a proper assessment. Even if you think everything looks good, you can’t go wrong with an evaluation done by a trained professional who can answer your questions and put your mind at ease.
If you have additional questions or are interested in more HVAC maintenance tips, contact the heating and cooling experts at Comfort Plus ClimateCare today.
 Stanley, Jenny. 21 Air Conditioner Maintenance and Home Cooling Tips. Family Handyman. Available online https://www.familyhandyman.com/heating-cooling/air-conditioner-repair/21-air-conditioner-maintenance-tips/.