Clean Up Your Air Conditioning System for the Heat
Early April was warmer than normal outside, and now in late April, we’re back to being colder than normal. Well, no matter what spring decides to do the next few weeks, we will soon be experiencing much warmer and more humid weather — sure signs of the extreme summer weather to follow.
Is your home’s cooling system ready for the demands that come from all the heat and humidity we’ll experience this summer?
Even if you have a fairly new system, it still needs regular maintenance to run efficiently. The last thing a homeowner needs is the discomfort and expense of an unexpected air conditioning system breakdown in the middle of the summer.
Dirty HVAC systems cost you money.
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, your HVAC equipment could be costing an additional $1,000 per season to operate if it isn’t clean and properly maintained due to clogged filters and grimy coils.
How can you avoid unnecessary issues and unexpected repair expenses?
By making sure you schedule twice-yearly maintenance service on your heating and cooling systems. A scheduled Spring Tune-Up Service is especially important to combat the effects of a harsh winter and avoid untimely repair costs later. A qualified heating and cooling contractor, like ServiceMark Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, will perform the following during your spring maintenance service visit:
- Inspect the evaporator coil for cleanliness, efficiency, and make sure it drains properly.
- Inspect and replace filters, if needed.
- Check the refrigerant charge according to the manufacturer specifications.
- Inspect the condenser coil for cleanliness and efficiency.
- Check the unit’s temperature drop.
Is there anything you can do on your own?
While you should leave the technical task to an experienced professional, there is one D-I-Y task that should be performed on a regular basis – change your air conditioning filter. Pleated filters need to be replaced every 1-to-3 months, while the standard fiberglass air filter needs to be replaced more frequently. Electronic air filters need to be cleaned according to manufacturer’s instructions.
With some simple advanced planning this spring, you can have your HVAC system ready for the increased demands that come with a long, hot summer – and you can save money and hassle, too!
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