Keeping Cool: Simple Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Summer

Keeping Cool: Simple Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Summer

April 23 2024

As the temperatures begin to rise and the summer months approach, it's essential to ensure that your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system is ready to keep your home cool and comfortable. While some maintenance tasks are best left to the experts, there are several things you can do at home to help your HVAC system run more efficiently. Here are some simple tips to prepare your HVAC system for the summer heat:

  1. Replace Air Filters Regularly: One of the easiest and most important tasks you can do is to regularly replace your air filters. Clogged or dirty filters restrict airflow, making your system work harder and less efficiently. Check your filters every month, especially during heavy use periods, and replace them if they're dirty.

  2. Clean Vents and Registers: Over time, dust and debris can accumulate in your vents and registers, blocking airflow and reducing efficiency. Use a vacuum cleaner or a brush attachment to remove any dirt, dust, or obstructions from your vents and registers.

  3. Clear Outdoor Unit: If you have a central air conditioning system, make sure the outdoor unit is clear of debris such as leaves, grass clippings, and branches. Trim back any vegetation around the unit to ensure proper airflow. You can also use a garden hose to gently clean the exterior fins of the unit.

  4. Check Thermostat Settings: Adjust your thermostat settings for the summer months. Consider setting your thermostat to a higher temperature when you're away from home to save energy. You can also invest in a programmable thermostat, which allows you to automatically adjust temperatures throughout the day.

  5. Seal Air Leaks: Inspect your home for air leaks around windows, doors, and ductwork. Seal any leaks with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from entering your home.

  6. Keep Interior Vents Clear: Make sure that furniture, rugs, and curtains are not blocking air vents or return registers. Blocked vents can disrupt airflow and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system.

  7. Schedule Professional Maintenance: While there are many tasks you can do yourself, it's essential to schedule regular professional maintenance for your HVAC system. A comprehensive HVAC maintenance service performed by trained technicians can identify and address potential issues before they become major problems. This service typically includes tasks such as inspecting electrical connections, checking refrigerant levels, lubricating moving parts, and ensuring the overall efficiency and safety of your system.

By following these simple tips and scheduling regular professional maintenance, you can help ensure that your HVAC system is running smoothly and efficiently, keeping your home comfortable throughout the summer months.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek, authorTiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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