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Posted on April 12, 2024

As the weather warms up, it’s crucial to ensure your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is ready to handle the increased cooling demands of spring and summer. A well-maintained HVAC system not only keeps your home comfortable, but it can also save you money on energy bills, extend the lifespan of your equipment, and improve indoor air quality. Neglecting HVAC maintenance can lead to inefficient operation, higher utility costs, and even unexpected breakdowns at the worst possible time. By following this comprehensive checklist, you can proactively prepare your HVAC for the upcoming season, ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently all summer long.

Below are some steps you can take now that will pay dividends in comfort, cost savings, and peace of mind throughout the warmer months ahead, and keep your home and business cool and comfortable for everyone:

  1. Replace Air Filters

    Dirty air filters restrict airflow and force the HVAC system to work harder, reducing efficiency and increasing energy costs. Replace the filters every 1-3 months, depending on the type. Clean or replace them as part of your spring prep.

  2. Clean Around the Outdoor Unit

    Over the winter, leaves, debris, and other materials may have accumulated around your outdoor HVAC unit. Sweep the area clean and gently rinse the unit with a hose, avoiding the use of a power washer which could damage the coils and tubes.

  3. Check and Clean Vents and Registers

    Dust, pet hair, and other buildup can accumulate in your home’s vents and registers over time. Unscrew the registers and wipe down both the covers and the inside of the ducts with a damp cloth.

  4. Inspect and Clean the Condensate Drain Line

    The HVAC system produces excess moisture that flows through a drain line. Ensure this line is not clogged by checking for water flowing out after running the unit. Clean the line if necessary.

  5. Utilize Smart Thermostats to Save Money

    Smart thermostats are a great way to optimize your HVAC’s performance and reduce energy costs. They can automatically adjust to your schedule, monitor energy usage, and operate in an energy-efficient mode.

  6. Install an Air Purifier for Allergy Relief

    Whole-house air purifiers can help remove allergens, mold, and other airborne pollutants, providing relief for those with seasonal allergies or respiratory conditions.

  7. Check Refrigerant Levels

    Have a technician check the refrigerant levels in your HVAC system. Low refrigerant can reduce efficiency and lead to more frequent breakdowns.

  8. Schedule Professional Maintenance

    Start by scheduling an annual preventive maintenance visit with an HVAC technician. They can perform a comprehensive inspection, clean the unit, change the air filters, and make any necessary adjustments or repairs. This helps ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency before the peak cooling season.

  9. Consider Upgrading to a More Efficient System

    If your HVAC unit is more than 10-15 years old, it may be worth considering upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model. Newer systems can provide significant savings on your energy bills.

At Wm. T. Spaeder, we are committed to ensuring your safety and comfort during the warmer, albeit shorter, spring and summers months. If you need any assistance or have any concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. For prompt assistance, contact us at (814) 456.7014. We are available 24/7 and ready to provide support at any time.

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