Spring may be a transitional period between the cold and hot seasons, but it’s also an important time for HVAC maintenance. As the temperature moderates, you should take advantage of this brief period to ready your cooling equipment for the warmer months ahead.
Mason BPP, the local authority on home energy audits, recommends doing the following to prepare your HVAC system for spring:
Change the Air Filter
Don’t use the same air filter you used all winter in the spring. Chances are, it’s already too dirty to let an adequate amount of air into your HVAC system. Whether you have a disposable filter or a washable one, filter maintenance isn’t complicated. You shouldn’t experience any problems as long as you follow the filter manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean the Condenser Unit
Go outside and check for any debris oir dirt buildup on the condenser unit. It has to be free of contaminants and foreign objects in order to function properly. If it’s filthy, your air conditioning system may experience airflow restrictions and internal component failures.
Get the Latest Thermostat
If you don’t at least have a programmable thermostat yet, now is the time to upgrade. Home efficiency companies will attest that you could save a ton of money on electricity simply by programming your temperature preferences.
Have the Ductwork Inspected
Make it a point to get all of your ducts thoroughly evaluated by qualified professionals. Otherwise, you might not catch leaks early enough and could end up wasting your chilled air and forcing your AC to work harder unnecessarily.
Test the Air Conditioner
Most importantly, let a competent technician test the performance of your cooling unit. Seek home efficiency services to ensure that your air conditioner is in good enough shape to survive the hot weather without breaking down.
If you need a new unit, early spring is the best time to buy a replacement. Entrust your spring HVAC maintenance to a credentialed company. Call (925) 256-1092 or (925) 495-0054 to schedule your appointment with BPP and get an estimate.