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5 Crucial Steps to Prep Your HVAC for the Summer Heat

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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Getting your home ready for summer isn't just about checking your supply of sunscreen and firing up the grill. You need to make sure that your HVAC system is ready to keep you cool when the temperatures start to soar. Here are five essential tasks to tackle before the heat is here, ensuring that you'll stay comfortable, conserve energy, and potentially save on your utility bills.

Step 1: Change Your Air Filters

Your HVAC filters might be the unsung heroes of indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Over time, they can become clogged with dust, pet dander, and other airborne particles, that can limit airflow which will cause your system to work harder. By routinely changing your filters, which should be done every 1-3 months, you can keep your system running smoothly and maintain basic air quality.

Make it a point to switch out those filters before the heat hits. Not only will this help your system's performance, but it also ensures that you're not cycling dust around the house when you turn on the AC for the first time.

Step 2: Clean Your AC Vents and Registers

Now that you've got fresh filters, it's time to check your vents and registers. Over the winter, they can accumulate a layer of dust and other debris, further limiting airflow. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to clear out as much as you can. For a more thorough job, you can even remove the register and clean it separately.

This simple step helps to ensure that cool air is circulating efficiently, which is crucial for keeping the temperature even throughout your home.

Step 3: Inspect the Condenser Unit

The condenser unit, typically located outside, is the heart of your AC system. Check for any signs of damage or blockages around the unit. Clear away any debris, like leaves, that may have accumulated inside or around the unit.

It's also a good idea to cut back any vegetation that's within two feet of the unit since blockage can affect its performance. The general rule of thumb is to keep at least two feet of clear space around your unit to allow for proper airflow and easy access for maintenance.

Step 4: Schedule a Professional Tune-Up

While changing your filters and cleaning your vents are great DIY measures, scheduling a professional HVAC tune-up can catch potential problems before they have a chance to become major repairs. An HVAC tech will thoroughly inspect and clean your system, checking for leaks, testing the thermostat, tightening electrical connections, and ensuring that your AC is running at peak efficiency.

This annual tune-up is incredibly valuable, as it not only helps to prevent unexpected breakdowns during the hottest months but can also extend the life of your HVAC system.

Step 5: Consider an Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

Have you been considering making the switch to a smart thermostat? Summer is the perfect time to do so! Smart thermostats offer a range of features, from remote temperature control via your smartphone to learning your schedule and adjusting the climate in your home accordingly. They are a convenient and energy-efficient addition to any home climate control system.

An upgrade to a smart thermostat could also make you eligible for rebates from your utility company and potentially save you money in the long run by optimizing your energy use.

​By taking these five steps, you're not only ensuring that your AC will keep you cool this summer but you're also protecting your investment and contributing to a healthier, more energy-efficient home. Making this list a ritual each spring will have you breezing through summer, no sweat!

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Hi, I'm Derek Cole

GM, Simmons One Hour Heating and Air

With a career spanning over two decades in the HVAC industry, Derek Cole has climbed his way to becoming General Manager of Simmons One Hour. His impressive journey was recognized by News magazine who awarded him Top 40 under 40 honors, as well as Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise Player Spotlight feature. Notable networks such as CBS, FOX and NBC have also featured him discussing home comfort tips on their programs while publications like Huffington Post and Bloomberg Business highlight his success story with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® .

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