Spring Forward: HVAC System Transition Guidelines for Spring

As the days and nights get warmer this spring, your attention shifts from heating your home to cooling it. Making sure your HVAC system is prepared for the changing seasons is critical if you want to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Stick to these HVAC system transition strategies from the HVAC professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your cooling system is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Check the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter over time captures dust, pollen and other particles, minimizing airflow. This requires your system to work harder. Ideally, you should replace the filter every one to three months, depending on usage and filter type. Choose the appropriate size and efficiency rating for your system, because using an incorrect filter can overly restrict airflow and decrease efficiency. If you’re not sure which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC specialist during your next maintenance visit to demonstrate.

Inspect the Outside Condensing Unit

The outdoor part of your air conditioning system that releases hot air, also known as a condensing unit, is a necessary part of the cooling process. Here’s how to get your exterior AC equipment ready for another summer:

  • Remove the AC cover: If you put a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it during the winter, remove it before firing up the air conditioning for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your outdoor unit may have accumulated leaves, dirt and other waste. Carefully give it a good rinse with a garden hose to remove this buildup.
  • Clear away nearby debris: The area around your outdoor unit should remain clear for optimal airflow. Clear away leaves, pine needles and other debris near the HVAC equipment. Also, cut back nearby vegetation to maintain at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Verify the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit sits on may shift or settle through the years, causing the unit to tilt. To protect against improper operation and premature wear, straighten the unit by wedging shims below its base. Confirm your efforts with a carpenter’s level.

Change the Thermostat

Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature. For the summer months, 78 degrees F is advised while you’re at home. If you feel too hot, operate the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without lowering the thermostat.

Increase the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when no one is home during the day to save on power costs. To avoid compromising comfort, install a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a comfortable temperature before you return home. This method saves up to 10% on your air conditioning bills.

Examine and Clear Out Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other airborne waste can build up on supply and return registers, hindering airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this mess. Next, ensure that all your vents are open and not covered up by things like rugs or curtains.

In spite of what you might think, closing vents in rarely used rooms does not conserve energy; all it does is disrupt the system’s return/supply balance. To avoid undue strain, keep a minimum of 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Detect and Seal Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other openings allow hot, humid air to get inside your home. To fix this issue, look over window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any holes. Then, check the attic for insufficient insulation or spaces next to pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Fix these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to reduce unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Conduct a System Test

Before the season really gets hot, operate your air conditioner for a couple of minutes. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows effortlessly from each and every vent. If you discover anything wrong, call a heating and cooling specialist to conduct AC repair to nip the problem in the bud.

Schedule Knowledgeable HVAC Maintenance with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing

While do-it-yourself HVAC service is advantageous, it can’t replace the thorough care provided by a certified professional. Duties like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil demand specialized tools and training that only professionals possess.

Spring is a great time to plan AC maintenance, allowing you to address issues quickly and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to enjoy the following perks:

  • Decreased energy bills
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Reduced repair expenditures
  • Better home comfort
  • Longer system life span
  • Protected warranty coverage

Why Choose Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in Canada?

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing provides dependable AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide fast, effective solutions to all your HVAC desires. For expert service that lives up to our name, reach out to us at 866-397-3787 today! 

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