Spring HVAC Tips from a Bay Area Building Contractor
Experts suggest that homeowners need to engage in periodic maintenance for their HVAC systems at least twice a year: spring and fall. Preparing for the colder months during the fall decreases the likelihood of encountering a heating failure during a squall or cold rainstorm. Prepping for the warmer months, among other things, protects your family against air conditioning failures. Here are five tips for teeing up your HVAC for the spring:
- Replace your filters. Ideally, you should check your heating and air filters every month. Some filters will last longer than others, so read the labels and mark your calendar.
- Check your air conditioning unit’s drainage. The drainage hole is usually near the bottom of the unit. Insert a small wire to ensure this passage is clear. Your air conditioner won’t work properly if the hole is blocked.
- Schedule maintenance. A tune up will alert you to any developing issues. It will also give you peace of mind that your system is working as intended. Regularly maintained HVAC systems will last longer over time and save you from costly repairs.
- Insulate. Insulation is just as important in the warmer months as it is during the freezing winter. Why? Heat likes to “spread out,” per the second law of thermodynamics. So you always want to keep cold regions silo-ed from warm regions in the system. Check all the air ducts for leaks, and make sure your scheduled maintenance includes a ductwork evaluation.
- Consider investing in a programmable thermostat. These devices are available in low tech or smart versions. Set your home’s temperatures based on your needs throughout the day. Smart versions allow you to control your thermostat remotely and save energy.
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Our experienced Bay Area professionals can help you assess your needs and come up with a creative maintenance or troubleshooting plan. Contact us today at 510-538-9817 or use our contact form for all of your HVAC and general contractor questions.