The hot steamy days of summer are not far away. Did you know that the average high temperature in the summer in Franklin is between 86 and 90 degrees? That is not the time you want to discover that your HVAC unit isn’t working properly.

The good news is that there are a few simple things you can do on your own to make sure your HVAC system is running properly and you’re not going to be batting a broken air conditioner this summer.

Keep reading to check out this spring HVAC guide to make sure your unit is working as it should be.

Check Your Air Filters

Your air filters should be changed all year long. How often depends on a number of factors, like whether you have pets (and how many), how often you use your air conditioner, and how dusty your area is. A good rule of thumb is every 30 to 90 days.

The manufacturer should have specific recommendations, so read your owner’s manual. A clogged and dirty filter makes your HVAC unit work harder, using more energy, and resulting in the need for maintenance sooner. A dirty air filter also means that your air in your home is dirty,

Consider Duct Cleaning

Ask yourself when is the last time you cleaned your air ducts. Can you even remember?

If you can’t, or it was decades ago, you should consider it. Like air filters, there are several factors that impact how often you should have your ducts cleaned.

If you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma, you run your system often or live in an area of the country with a lot of dust and pollen, you should clean them more often. In general, though, it’s recommended that you clean your air ducts every 3 to 5 years.

Clean Around the Unit

Make sure your air conditioning unit is free from any leaves, trash, branches, and yard waste. This can accumulate around the unit, especially in colder months when you may not be using it. If plants start growing into the unit and it’s surrounded by debris, it won’t work properly.

There should be 2 feet of clear space on every