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Tips to Make Sure That Your HVAC Is Ready For Spring

Tips to Make Sure That Your HVAC Is Ready For Spring

If your spring cleaning checklist doesn’t include your HVAC system, then it’s time to add another bullet! Let’s face it, if there’s one thing we couldn’t live without once summer rolls around, it’s our air conditioning. So let’s not risk any issues or breakdowns come those dog days by neglecting our systems now.

The experts at Madsen know HVACs, and we’ve got 6 tips to help you make sure your unit is keeping you nice and comfortable come summertime.

1. Change Your Air Filter

Dirty filters restrict airflow and foster mold growth. That’s not only gross, but it’s also dangerous. Changing your filters monthly will help you keep dust and dirt from building up which both keeps your air cleaner and your system from having to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Plus, it’s super easy to do. If you have a washable filter, make sure to clean it monthly.

And while you’re at it, consider upgrading your filter altogether. Newer, high-efficiency pleated filters have an electrostatic charge that attracts particles of dust and bacteria more aggressively, keeping them from spewing out into the air your HVAC provides. Sounds worth it to us.

2. Test Your Air Conditioner

Waiting for that first big heat wave to run your HVAC for the first time all year is probably not the best plan. Before temperatures rise, turn on your unit and let it run for a bit. Set the temperature a few degrees below the current indoor temperature, and check if air is flowing through the vents properly. Take note if there are any odd noises or clicking. If there seems to be something unusual going on, schedule a check-up with HVAC experts.

3. Check Your Duct Work

Professional duct cleaning can do wonders for your air quality and flow. That’s because your ductwork plays an important role in your system — they supply the air to each room of your home (in case you didn’t know). Removing the dust, mold, and other allergens that have built up over the winter will make a world of a difference for allergy sufferers come spring. While you can try to tackle this yourself, having an expert do it can ensure nothing is left behind. We recommend doing so every 5-7 years.

Also, check for any leaky joints, holes, or cracks that would cause your system to work overtime to maintain a comfortable temperature. Otherwise, you’re looking at higher utility bills and potentially larger issues down the road.

4. Install a Smart Thermostat

Chances are, you’re already using smart technology in several other areas of your home, so why not your cooling system? A programmable thermostat makes controlling comfort levels effortless — from anywhere! Forget to turn the AC down after leaving for a weekend trip? Adjust the temps from the car! Having trouble sleeping because it’s too hot? Find a cooler setting without ever leaving the bed. The benefits of a smart thermostat range from lower energy costs to a longer system lifespan, so why not?

5. Remove Debris from Your Outdoor Unit

Fall and winter are notorious for doing a number on your outdoor unit. Between leaves, branches, dirt, and the after-effects of ice and snow, there’s a lot that can cause your system to underperform. Start by inspecting the unit and remove any debris within two feet. Grab a garden hose or vacuum attachment to clean the coils. Lastly, cut back any bushes or plants that have overgrown into the space so that nothing is obstructing your system from getting the air it needs to cool your home.

6. Schedule Routine System Maintenance

Even after all these items are checked off your list, it’s always still a good idea to bring in a professional to perform a thorough inspection. These HVAC experts can ensure all connections are secure and there’s no significant wear on key components — such as compressors, tubing, fans, etc. — that can lead to bigger, more costly issues or a total system breakdown, and make any necessary repairs. They’ll also take electrical amp draw readings, check the pressure of the refrigerant, and test all sensors, all of which may be unfamiliar to you, but all in a day’s work for them. Schedule your appointment now before the busy season!