Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year. But, it can also be a time of uncertainty for homeowners with heating and cooling systems. Changes in the weather can strain your HVAC unit. The mechanical system itself may suffer from wear and tear during this period. Allow Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc. to help you prepare for the transition from winter to spring by following these tips today.
Replace Air Filters
Replace the air filters to prepare your HVAC system for spring. The air filters in your unit will collect dirt, dust, and other particles over time. If you do not change the air filters, they can become clogged. This makes it more difficult for your system to efficiently filter air.
If you have reusable filters that are dirty, you can remove them and wash them off. Then, if they are still in good condition, you can reinstall them. Disposable filters should be replaced at least once every three months. If you are not sure which air filters to buy for your HVAC system, you can consult with our experts.
It is a good idea to reset your thermostat from winter mode to spring mode. This will ensure your home gets heated and cooled on spring days that are either warm or cool. After all, you do not want your unit working overtime to heat or cool when it is not necessary.
When it is cold out, the temperature in your house will likely fall at night or during the day if you are not at home. In that case, you will want to set the thermostat so that it does not kick on too often. But, there is no need for such caution when it is warm outside. Reset your thermostat to its optimal setting. If it gets too hot, turn on a ceiling fan or open a window when you get home. Do not worry about turning it down if you leave the house for an afternoon.
Inspect the Outdoor Unit
The outdoor unit of your HVAC system needs as much attention as the indoor part of the system. Ensure the area is free of debris and vegetation. Also, make sure that there are not any broken or missing pieces. If you spot any problems, contact an HVAC professional right away to fix them.
Check Air Ducts for Leaks
Air ducts can develop leaks over time, wasting energy and lowering system efficiency. Look for disconnected ducts or visible signs of wear and tear, like sagging sections. You may also want to seal ducts using mastic or metal-backed foil tape. This will improve efficiency. However, we recommend having this done by a professional technician.
Remove Condenser Covers
If you use a condenser cover during the winter, you should remove it as soon as possible. Remove all debris on top of the condenser and make sure nothing is blocking the airflow. If leaves, dirt, or other items block the airflow, it can cause your HVAC system to overheat.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment to tune up your system. It would be best if you did this at least once a year, especially in the spring. A professional will clean, inspect, and test your equipment.
Have the technician change your air filter during the appointment, too. Clean filters are an essential component of good indoor air quality. It’s best to get this task out of the way before you turn on the system full time.
Keep an ear out for odd noises while the system is running. A strange noise could show that something is wrong and needs immediate attention.
Prepare Your HVAC This Spring
The truth is that the longevity of your HVAC system depends on whether you have regular maintenance performed. Do not wait until the last minute before spring arrives to get your heating or cooling system tuned up. It can cost you a lot of time, money, and stress if you do. By maintaining your heating and cooling system, you can improve its efficiency.
Here at Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc., we want you to be comfortable in your home all year. We provide quality HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance services in Downers Grove, IL and the surrounding areas. We operate on a 24/7 basis for your emergency repair needs. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment. We are looking forward to working with you.