It might be hard to believe, but spring isn’t all that far off. We’ve made it through the coldest part of the winter, and now we can start thinking about the warmer, greener days ahead. For many homeowners this means performing some major spring cleaning. But it also means preparing your HVAC systems for the changing of the seasons, so your air conditioner is ready to run when the mercury rises.
Here are some tips from our HVAC service in St. Louis, MO to help you make sure you’re in good shape for the spring when it arrives:
- Get all debris and plants away from your AC unit: Chances are you haven’t given your actual air conditioning unit a whole lot of thought during the winter months. This means there’s a good chance that there’s been some trash, yard waste or other debris that’s accumulated around it during the fall and winter. Therefore, when the snow melts away and the weather starts to warm up, make sure you go out and check the area around your AC unit to ensure it’s clear. This will help you ensure a properly functioning unit. In addition, as plants start to come back for the season, make sure to check around the unit for overgrowth so you don’t accidentally block off the air conditioning. The unit needs approximately two feet of clearance on every side to be able to maximize its efficiency.
- Call in a professional for an inspection: Early spring is the best time of year to have a technician come out to inspect and service your unit. You’ll find that people suddenly realize they need to do this once the weather gets hot, meaning the longer you wait the harder it will be to get someone out to your property within a reasonable amount of time. Plus, by booking your appointment in the spring instead of the summer, when you already need to be running your unit, your technician will be able to pinpoint any issues that could cause you problems ahead of time, before you ever have to worry about them interfering with your comfort. This means you’ll be prepared with reliable, high-quality air conditioning operation all summer long and will have a drastically lower likelihood of having to call for emergency repairs.
- Swap out your filters: Spring is a great time to swap out the filter in your HVAC system. People often don’t think about the air filters during the winter, but you should change your filters at least every few months, and some experts recommend every 30 days. Your manufacturer will have some specific recommendations for your system. Clogged or dirty filters can result in the air conditioner working harder than it has to, which could cause it to break down.
These are just a few tips to help you get off on the right foot this spring and summer with your air conditioning. For more information, or to schedule HVAC service in St. Louis, MO, reach out to Ashley Brothers Heating & Cooling today.