Spring brings an increase in humidity and higher electricity bills as the weather pushes your air conditioner to work hard. But you won't be able to enjoy it for long if it's not performing optimally. Take steps to prepare your HVAC system in anticipation of a long and hot season. Here are some tips on what to do.
3 Methods to Ready Your Air Conditioner for Spring
1. Do a Visual Inspection
Give your air conditioner a once over first. For an outdoor unit, check for nests, leaves, and twigs that were blown in as well as weeds that might've sprung up. Clear any debris that you find to ensure your unit can take in plenty of air to run efficiently. The harder your unit works to draw in air, the more energy it uses. You should also inspect your AC unit for limescale, rust, and any exterior signs of wear.
2. Replace the Air Filter
Spring is an ideal time to replace the air filter. The old one is likely clogged from all the dust and dirt it accumulated during winter. It will inhibit airflow and place a strain on the unit. A clean filter will allow maximum air flow so your air conditioner will run efficiently — this will improve the overall air quality in your home as well.
3. Clean Air Ducts & Vents
Air circulates in your home through the AC and the air ducts. If these passages are dirty and contain debris, the airflow will carry some of these contaminants throughout the house. Blocked vents could also cause the AC coils to freeze up. This will reduce the unit's capacity and damage the compressor. Cleaning the air ducts and vents are essential for your air conditioner to work optimally and to protect your family from allergens.
Keep your home comfortably cool with Inman Heating & Cooling. Located in Columbia, IL, this family-owned business has helped residents of Belleville, Collinsville, O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Glen Carbon with their HVAC problems for the past five decades. The company specializes in air conditioner installation and repair, furnace installation and repair, and small duct systems maintenance. Check out their website to learn more about their AC services, or call (618) 281-5355 to request a free estimate.