Beat the Heat: Be Prepared with Our Summer HVAC Guide

Beat the Heat: Be Prepared with Our Summer HVAC Guide

The time to get summer HVAC components ready for the cooling season is fast approaching. It’s a good idea to make sure everything is fully functional and meets manufacturer’s specifications before you start relying on the system for everyday cooling. Once hot weather arrives, you’ll want dependable performance at lowest operating costs from day one of operation. To make sure you get it, here are some summer HVAC items to check-off before temperatures starts climbing.

Schedule annual service

Annual preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC service technician ensures that system components are fully functional and cooling performance and efficiency meets specs. It’s  a good opportunity, as well, for a trained eye to spot minor problems and resolve them before they turn into major issues later in the summer. Annual preventive maintenance is also required to comply with most manufacturer’s warranties.

Change the air filter

If you don’t know how, ask the service tech who performs the annual maintenance to show you. It’s an easy procedure. For the rest of the summer, change the filter every month yourself to ensure consistent cooling and lowest energy costs.

Clear the outdoor unit

Inspect the A/C condenser, usually located in the backyard or beside the house. If it was covered for the winter, remove the cover before starting the air conditioner. No objects should be stored atop the unit. Check the top fan grille for debris such as fallen leaves or twigs. For proper air circulation, clear away weeds or other vegetation to provide two feet of open space on all sides.

Check the vents

Make sure no one closed HVAC vents in a particular room over the winter season. All supply and return vents in every room should be open and unobstructed.

Review thermostat settings

Are the programmed temperatures and times for cooling mode correct? If there are more or less people in the house this summer than last, or if the household schedules have changed, you may want to input new settings.

As seasons change, rely on Paitson Bros. for summer HVAC maintenance and service. We’ve served Terre Haute since 1922.  

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