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What Are the Best Ways to Attend to Your HVAC Unit Before Spring?

Spring is coming. As the weather heats up, soon you’ll need to start using your A/C again. Is your system ready and operating at peak efficiency? Here are a few spring HVAC-maintenance tasks to help you prepare for cooling season.

  • Change your air filter. As dirt and contaminants build up in your system’s filter, it can restrict airflow. Less air means your A/C has to work harder to cool your home, using more energy and wearing out the system before its time. Change the filter before cooling season begins, and check it regularly so it doesn’t get clogged.
  • Clear away debris. If airflow around the unit itself is restricted, it can cause similar problems to a clogged filter. Make sure there’s at least two square feet of clearance on all sides. That means cutting the grass; trimming back any branches, bushes, or foliage that might be in the way; and clearing away sticks, leaves, and other debris in the vicinity.
  • Seal your ducts. Holes, tears, and damage to your ducts can cause, on average, energy losses of around 30% from your system. Check your ductwork for leaks, and seal them with metal tape or mastic sealant. You can also call a professional to seal them, ensuring optimal airflow through your ducts.
  • Check the thermostat. Right now, your thermostat is probably set for winter. Switch over to the cooling setting and adjust the temperature to your ideal comfort level. If you have a programmable thermostat, set the schedule to coincide with the times your family will be home. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat, consider upgrading to save energy.
  • Get an HVAC tuneup. The most important part of spring HVAC maintenance is the annual tuneup. Call your HVAC technician to inspect your system and make sure it’s functioning properly. They’ll check the components and replace any that are wearing out, oil the moving parts, and keep your A/C running efficiently all season.

For more spring HVAC-maintenance tips, contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We proudly serve all of Yuma’s home-comfort needs.