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 side of the unit to allow it to run efficiently.
Get a Spring Tune-Up
Now is the time to call the pros to get a spring tune-up. They’ll be able to make sure everything is running smoothly and they can identify any issues. Getting your HVAC serviced now, before the heat of the summer hits, is a good idea. Do you really want to find out in the 90 degree days of July that your AC isn’t working properly?
Use This HVAC Guide to Stay Cool
This HVAC guide is a good place to start to make sure your unit is working efficiently. A little work on your end can make your unit last a long time. If you do need a professional, keep us in mind.
Whether you need service or replacement, give us a call today. We can make sure you’re staying cool this spring and summer and we’ll come back again in the fall to make sure everything is working properly before winter.