As we settle into spring, we become less dependent on our heating systems and relish in the brief period of time where we can enjoy the ambient temperatures within our homes. While spring is a perfect time to open up the windows and enjoy the drop in your electric bill, there are a few proactive measures you can take to check in on your HVAC or air conditioning system before temperatures begin to rise.
Check on, clean, or replace your air filters.
One way you can prepare for summer is to check your air filters. If you are someone who waits until the weather rises to replace your air filter, get a step ahead and inspect it over spring. You can shop around for a quality air filter or simply deep clean it (if it’s one that’s reusable). Going into the summer season with clean or new air filters is a great way to ensure that the cold air has easy access to flow through your home.
Turn on your air conditioning
Don’t wait till the first hot day of the year to turn on your air conditioner. Since it hasn’t been used in months, it’s best to do a test run before it’s too hot, to see if your air conditioner is cooling your home properly. According to Energy.gov, if you are having problems with your air conditioner, you could be facing issues such as:
- Thermostat/Sensor Problems – if a sensor is knocked out of place, it may not be reading what the air conditioner is doing or sending the correct readings to your air conditioner.
- Drainage Problems – sometimes the condensate drain gets clogged and needs to be cleared.
- Electric Control Failure – this can be due to worn out compressor and fan controls, or corrosion of wires.
- Refrigerant Leaks – these happen when your air conditioner does not have enough refrigerant and is suffering some sort of leak, or was installed with low refrigerant to begin with.
If you happen to experience any of these issues while testing your air conditioning, be sure to call a professional for assistance. You’ll be happy you did it ahead of time!
Since you aren’t frequently using your heating and cooling systems in spring, now is the perfect time to update your heating, cooling, or HVAC system, especially if it is dated or needed servicing over the previous year.