5 Tips for Preparing Your HVAC for the Summer Months

Aug 29, 2023 | HVAC Maintenance | 0 comments

It’s the hottest time of the year. While there are plenty of people who enjoy the heat and want to spend time outside, there are just as many people who would rather spend time indoors in an air conditioned house. If you’re part of this latter group, you’ll want to make sure that your HVAC system can handle the worst heat that the summer can throw at it. You might not think there’s much that you need to do, there are still five tasks that will require your attention.

1. Change Your HVAC Filter

Your HVAC filter removes dust, dander, pollen, and other pollutants from the air in your home. Naturally, it gets quite dirty, which can block the airflow in your ducts. Your filter should be cleaned or replaced every month, so make sure to do this if you haven’t done so recently.

2. Clean Your Air Ducts

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors this summer, be sure that your air ducts are clean. You can clean your vents and the area immediately behind them yourself, but you’ll likely need an HVAC contractor for a more thorough cleaning. Your ducts should be cleaned every three to five years, but the summer is the perfect time to do this task if you’ve been putting it off.

3. Clear Debris From Your Outdoor Unit

If you have central air in your home, you likely have an outdoor AC unit. This unit is often covered by debris such as leaves and branches, so take the time to clear all of that out. If you have vegetation growing near your unit, consider clearing that as well. Your unit needs plenty of space to work properly, so make sure to give it that.

4.  Check Your Refrigerant Levels

Your AC needs refrigerant to cool your home, so make sure that’s topped off. In fact, you should be checking your refrigerant levels regularly to make sure it never runs out.

5. Schedule a Maintenance Visit

Your HVAC system is complicated, and there are plenty of maintenance tasks that are beyond the skills of the average homeowner. This is why regular maintenance visits from an HVAC contractor are necessary for an efficient heating and cooling system. You should schedule at least one visit every year, preferably in the spring or early fall when you won’t need your AC or heat right away. For more information about preparing your HVAC system for the summer or if you are in need of maintenance or repairs, contact Comfort Solutions today.