How Homeowners Can Prepare Their HVAC Systems for Spring

Whether it’s the heat of summer or the coldest day in winter, when we find ourselves coming in from the outside, one thing that we can all say that we’re thankful for is our HVAC units. After all, it’s because of them that we’re able to keep the rooms in our homes nice and comfortable all year long.

Yet if you ask anyone who has ever had their unit unexpectedly breakdown, they will share with you how much of an inconvenience it can be, especially if they have to wait days for a technician to come over to inspect it.
That’s why we wanted to provide you with a few tips on how you can prepare your own HVAC unit for the spring season. By taking these proactive measures, it can help your unit to remain in top condition and keep you from worrying about having to pay for costly repairs.

Change out your air filters. Something very simple that you can do to keep your HVAC unit working at an optimal level while also keeping dust and debris out of the atmosphere is to change out your air filters. If you’re wondering how often you should do that, in most standard units, it would be approximately every 90 days.

Install a programmable thermostat. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat in your home, it’s actually one of the least expensive items that you can buy to make a huge difference when it comes to your energy bills. That’s because you can use it to preset the temperature in your house both when you’re home and when you’re away. It’s a must-have for any house.

Clean your coils. Something else that you can do for your HVAC unit is to clean its coils. Although it might initially sound complex, all you need to do is turn off your system, remove its metal cage and then use a hose to clean off the coils. You can find videos on YouTube that can walk you through the process. Just go to the site and put “clean HVAC coils” in the search field.

Have your unit checked out twice a year. If you don’t want to experience an HVAC unit breakdown, it’s a good idea to have a professional technician to come and inspect your unit twice a year. They are professionally trained to be able to look at your wiring, inspect your ducts and if you have questions about your unit or furnace (like perhaps when it comes to your furnace, does it get more heat from gas or oil ), they can assist you with all of your concerns. It’s a preventative measure that can be well worth your while.

Consider getting a newer model. Typically, HVAC units have about a 10-15 year shelf life before it’s time to replace them with a newer model. So, if yours is around 8-9 years old and it doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to (it’s getting louder, it has a lot of water leaks or it tends to cut off often), that’s probably a sign that you should get another one. We recommend looking for the kind that has an Energy Star label on it. Those can easily save you as much as 30 percent on your energy expenses. For more information on energy efficient appliances, visit Energy.gov.

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