With spring just a few weeks away, you should start thinking about preparing your HVAC system for the season. Here the residential and commercial air conditioning contractors at Sierra Air share tips on getting your home ready for warmer days.
Replace the Air Filters
Most HVAC systems require new air filters every three months, or even as often as once a month during periods of heavy usage. Air filters are designed to be user-replaceable, which means as long as you choose the right air filter size, you should be able to replace it yourself. In addition to maintaining indoor air quality, clean air filters also help prevent pollen and mold from infiltrating your indoor space. By the same token, you should inspect the media panel on your humidifier and replace it if needed.
Have the Ductwork Cleaned
If you have not had your home’s ductwork cleaned in the past 5 years or so, there’s no better time than this season to do so. Clean air ducts help make sure that the conditioned air that’s released through the vents is clean. Residential and commercial air conditioning companies like us offer duct cleaning services that also include sealing the joints in the ductwork. This makes your air distribution system more efficient by reducing leaks in the ductwork.
Reset Programmable Thermostats
If you have different thermostat settings during the spring, don’t forget to reset your programmable thermostat. A correctly-programmed thermostat helps make your HVAC system more efficient by raising and lowering indoor temperatures only when you need to. Households with fixed weekday-weekend schedules can benefit from 5-2 or 5-1-1 thermostats, as it lets you program separate cycles for weekdays and weekends.
Review the Heating System Shutdown Procedure
Furnaces that burn fuel need to be properly shut down. Leaving leftover fuel in its reservoir can cause problems such as loud popping sounds when you start it up again later in the year. Also, make it a point to test your air conditioning system well before the summer season begins. This way, f the air conditioner has problems, you won’t have to suffer spending a hot day at home while waiting for your AC to be fixed.