Spring HVAC Maintenance Tips
As the winter season comes to a close, it’s important to think about what this means for your HVAC system. After a long and harsh winter, your heating and air conditioning system may need some TLC to ensure that it is ready to tackle the warmer temperatures that the spring and summer months will bring. Here are a few things to keep in mind as winter winds down and springtime temperatures affect your home’s heating and cooling system.
1. Schedule Your HVAC Inspection!
One of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system as winter winds down is to schedule an inspection with a professional HVAC technician, such as Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling. An inspection will help identify any issues that need to be addressed, such as checking refrigerant levels, cleaning and tightening parts, and ensuring the unit is running smoothly. At Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling, we recommend bi-annual inspections of your HVAC system.
As you are preparing to use your air conditioning, keep in mind you can maximize the lifespan of your AC unit by getting bi-annual maintenance, according to HVAC professionals. This could increase its lifespan by 30-50%, adding an additional 5 years on average to its expected 15-year lifespan. Neglecting maintenance could result in a costly repair or breakdown before the 10th year. Regular maintenance not only extends the lifespan but also improves efficiency by up to 25%. Consider cost-effective maintenance plans to keep your AC running smoothly!
2. Change Your Filters
Dirty filters can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, causing it to work harder and consume more energy. Dirty or clogged air filters can restrict the flow of air and put unnecessary strain on the system, leading to higher energy bills and potential damage to the unit. It is recommended to change your air filters every three months, or as recommended by the manufacturer, to ensure optimal performance. In some cases, filters may need to be changed more frequently, such as in homes with pets or high levels of indoor air pollution. Taking the time to regularly change your air filters can help prolong the life of your air conditioning system, improve air quality, and reduce energy consumption. Don’t neglect this simple and cost-effective step in your air conditioning maintenance routine. As winter winds down, change your filters to ensure that your HVAC system is running at peak performance.
3. Clean Your Ducts & Check for Leaks
Over time, dust, dirt, and other particles can accumulate in your ductwork, reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system. As winter winds down, consider having your ducts cleaned to ensure that they are free of debris and your HVAC system is working at its best.
Leaks in your ductwork can reduce efficiency and increase energy bills. Checking for and sealing any leaks in your ductwork can improve the performance of your AC unit. This includes checking for any holes, cracks, or seams in the ductwork, and sealing them with duct tape or mastic sealant. Properly sealed ductwork can ensure that your AC unit is running efficiently and providing maximum comfort.
4. Clean The Outdoor Unit!
The outdoor unit of your air conditioner can accumulate dirt, debris, and leaves, which affects its efficiency. Cleaning the unit and removing any obstructions can help improve its performance. This includes removing anything from the top of the unit, removing any sticks, leaves or other debris that have become lodged in the outside fins along the sides of the unit. Additionally, you should clean the fins with your hose, making sure the spray nozzle is set on a gentle setting.
WARNING: Before cleaning, ALWAYS BE SURE TO TURN THE UNIT’S POWER OFF!
Regular cleaning of the outdoor unit can help ensure a smooth and efficient operation of your AC unit during summer. If you want a professional to help, contact the HVAC experts at Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling for your HVAC Spring Clean Up!
5. Check Your Thermostat
As temperatures start to rise, make sure that your thermostat is set to the correct temperature and that it is functioning properly. A malfunctioning thermostat can lead to decreased energy efficiency and higher energy bills.
You can also set your thermostat to optimize efficiency, if you will be away from your home for more than a couple of days. In warm weather months, before you leave, set your thermostat to a few degrees higher than you would normally keep it. This will help reduce the amount of energy needed to cool your home and keep it at a comfortable temperature. When you return home, you can lower it back to your normal temperature. Your air conditioner will not have to work quite as hard as normal, but won’t have to strain in order to cool your home to your normal comfort level. Do the opposite in the colder months, if you plan to be away for a couple of days or more. By lowering your thermostat a couple of degrees your heater will not be subject to unnecessary strain while you’re away and when you return. We recommend not adjusting your thermostat up and down on a frequent basis. Find your optimal cool and warm weather temperatures and try to keep your thermostats steady and consistent, to optimize your HVAC system’s efficiency.
6. Consider Upgrading Your HVAC System
If your HVAC system is over 10 years old, it may be time to consider upgrading to a newer and more energy-efficient model. An energy-efficient HVAC system can save you money on energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and provide you with better indoor air quality. If you suspect that you need a new AC unit check out this blog about how to tell if you need a new air conditioner!
As we head into springtime, take the time to ensure that your HVAC system is in good working order. By taking these simple steps, you can help extend the life of your HVAC system, save money on energy bills, and enjoy comfortable indoor temperatures all year round. Get ready for spring with Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling, serving the greater Kansas City metro area for over 20 years. We provide affordable and quality HVAC installations, service, and maintenance for residential and commercial buildings. Our experienced HVAC professionals can inspect and perform any necessary maintenance on your heating and cooling system to make sure it’s functioning safely and efficiently. Take advantage of our convenient and cost-effective maintenance programs that keep track of your heating and cooling maintenance visits. Call Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling at 913-851-3399 to schedule a maintenance visit or discuss your HVAC needs, or use our website contact form. Let us help you stay comfortable in your home year-round!