Summer is almost here, and with it can be scorching heat. Your HVAC system is the key to keeping your home comfortable and cool during hot summer months. However, if your system is not correctly maintained, it can lead to costly repairs or complete system failure. To help you avoid these issues, here are some tips for keeping your HVAC system running smoothly all summer.
Change your air filters regularly
One of the simplest but most effective things you can do to keep your HVAC system running smoothly is to change your air filters regularly. Dirty filters can cause your system to work harder and less efficiently, leading to higher energy bills and potential system breakdowns. You can also have an HVAC 911 affiliated contractor check your filters and suggest what type of filter will work best for your system. An HVAC 911 referred contractor can discuss the options with you and set up a regular maintenance schedule.
Keep your outdoor unit clean
Your outdoor HVAC unit is exposed to the elements all year, especially during the summer when it’s working overtime to keep your home cool. Dirt, leaves and other debris can accumulate on and around the unit, reducing efficiency and causing unnecessary wear and tear. Regularly check the unit and remove debris around it and gently hosing it down to remove dirt and grime.
Schedule a professional tune-up
Even with regular maintenance, your HVAC system can benefit from a professional tune-up. Schedule a tune-up with a licensed HVAC technician employed by an affiliated HVAC 911 contractor before the summer heat sets in to ensure your system runs at peak efficiency.
During a tune-up, the technician will inspect and clean your system, identify potential issues and make necessary repairs.
Consider upgrading your thermostat
If you’re still using an outdated manual thermostat, now may be the time to consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat. These thermostats allow you to set temperature schedules based on your daily routine, so your HVAC system only runs when needed.
This can lead to significant energy savings and a more comfortable home environment. For more information on upgrading your thermostat, contact HVAC 911 and have one of their local contractors visit your home to review your current HVAC system and all the different types of smart thermostats compatible with your current HVAC system.
Know when to call a professional
Even with regular maintenance, HVAC systems can experience issues. If you notice any unusual sounds or smells, reduced airflow or poor system performance, it’s time to call HVAC 911 and have one of their affiliated contractors send a licensed HVAC technician to your home. Ignoring any issues can lead to further damage and more costly repairs.
All contractors that are part of HVAC 911 employ highly trained, certified and vetted technicians. They have undergone rigorous background checks. Find a local HVAC 911 contractor in your area today!