How To Prepare Your HVAC System For Temperature Changes

As the winter months begin to warm and the summer months begin to cool, you want to make sure your HVAC is up and running efficiently. 

Here are six ways you can prepare your HVAC system to meet seasonal demands.

  1. Clean and replace filters
  2. Schedule professional HVAC maintenance
  3. Test your thermostat
  4. Clean area around outdoor units
  5. Invest in humidifiers and air purifiers
  6. Check for unusual smells and sounds

Each of the tips listed above show how you can get the most from your HVAC unit as the temperatures rise and fall.

While some are as easy as a DIY project, scheduling professional HVAC maintenance will guarantee your system is there when you need it. 

Cleaning and Replacing Filters Can Help Prepare Your System

1. Clean and Replace Filters

Replacing and cleaning your systems air filters is one of the best ways to prepare your system for seasonal changes. It not only promotes efficiency, but safety as well.

During the summer months demand on your cooling system will be higher.

You want to make sure the air can be filtered properly. 

Clean air filters ensure dust, allergens and other pollutants are removed from the air.

Changing out air filters also ensures superior indoor air quality.

2. Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance

Having your HVAC system inspected by a licensed professional is by far the most important thing you can do to ensure your system is ready for hot summers and cold winters.

HVAC maintenance should be scheduled twice a year: in spring and fall.

Spring HVAC checkups will include cleaning condenser coils as well as checking the refrigerant levels. Fall checkups will include checking and cleaning the heat exchanger and the ignition systems. 

Professional HVAC maintenance twice a year will assess overall performance of your system.

Regular maintenance can also ensure all ductwork is clear of dust, dirt, and other debris.

3. Test Your Thermostat

Before any seasonal temperature changes you should check your thermostat to ensure it’s working properly. This means it is keeping your home the desired temperature.

If the temperature is not regulating properly it may need to be replaced or simply recalibrated.

Smart thermostats are a great option as they can help save you money on your energy bills by promoting energy efficiency. 

4. Clean The Area Around Your Outdoor Units

Throughout the year the area around your outdoor unit can become obstructed by overgrown plants and other debris. If the airflow is blocked it can cause your system to work harder resulting in decreased efficiency.

Be sure to trim back any plants and clean up any debris from around your unit.

The outdoor unit should have a clearance of about 3 feet. 

5. Invest in Humidifiers and Air Purifiers

As the seasons change in Charlotte there is also a change in humidity and allergens.

Humidifiers and air purifiers are a great way to improve indoor air quality. 

Investing in a humidifier can help add moisture to the air when it becomes unbearably dry.

Air purifiers can help clean the air of dust, dander, and other contaminants to create a comfortable indoor environment. 

6. Check The System for Unusual Smells and Sounds

One of the easiest ways to ensure your HVAC system is prepared for seasonal changes is to use your senses. Check your system and take note if you experience any unusual smells or sounds

Odd smells and strange noises could be an indication that there is a problem within your system; condenser fan motors and compressors are typically the culprit.

If you notice any smells or sounds that are not normal, call in the help of a professional for a system inspection. 

Contact MyAirToday for any further questions or help needed.