The hot summer months are definitely here. Your air conditioning is going to be working overtime. You need to keep your HVAC in good working order to keep your home cool in this heat. You can use the best summer HVAC maintenance tips to help your system keep up with the worst summer can bring.
Summer HVAC Tips to Use
If you haven’t already done basic maintenance on your HVAC system, now is the time to start. Here are five tips to get you going:
Make sure supply and return vents are not blocked. Your HVAC works by moving air out of and into the system. During summer, the warm air comes in, gets cooled, then gets expelled out to cool the house. If you have furniture or other items in front of the vents, the air flow is blocked, which means it takes longer to cool your home.
Vacuum dust and pet hair from vents. Over time, dust will accumulate in the fins of your vents. As the dust accumulates, it starts attracting larger debris and slowly cutting off air flow. If you want your HVAC to be as efficient as possible, keep those vents clean.
Rinse the outside unit with a hose. The outside part of your HVAC system gets dirty over time. In summer, grass clippings can accumulate. In the autumn, leaf debris is the main culprit. Spring brings plenty of pollen. All of this can decrease the system’s energy efficiency.
Change air filters monthly. Air filters help remove the minute particulates that can decrease the HVAC system’s efficiency. They also help improve the air quality in the house.
Have an annual service visit. Your HVAC system needs regular maintenance to work at its best. Having an HVAC professional make a visit and do a tune-up will keep the system running efficiently. It also prolongs the system’s life and keeps repair needs to a minimum.
Is your current HVAC system too small or too large? Up to 50 percent of heating and cooling systems installed in the U.S. are not sized properly. Knowing how to choose the right size HVAC system will cut your energy costs.
Undersized HVAC Equipment
One obvious sign of an undersized HVAC system is an uncomfortable home on the hottest and coldest days of the year. The unit is running continuously, but the house never gets comfortable. On moderate days, the system runs much more than it should. That translates into higher energy bills.
There are also hidden costs. Because the system is running so much, it sustains excessive wear and tear. That leads to more frequent repairs and shortens the life of the equipment.
Oversized HVAC Equipment
Oversized HVAC systems cycle on and off frequently. During the summer, the A/C does not have enough time to remove the excess humidity in the house. That can lead to mold growth. The frequent cycling also causes excessive wear and tear, leading to more repairs and a shorter life.
You are going to also pay more upfront installing an oversized unit.
Don’t let the contractor do a one-for-one swap based on the current size of the unit. If your current unit is over or under-sized, you do not want to replace it with the same size unit.
Don’t let your HVAC contractor use a rule of thumb (like one ton of capacity for every 500 square feet) for guessing the size of the new equipment.
Make sure your HVAC contractor in Holliston uses Manual J from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America to calculate the size of your new HVAC equipment. This is a comprehensive method for figuring out the exact load that your home needs based on its size, dimensions, orientation, and features.
Spring’s warmer weather has finally arrived here in Massachusetts. As the spring flowers bloom, it’s time to do some home maintenance. One of your spring to-do items should be HVAC system maintenance, which will keep your cooling system running smoothly in the coming months.
Spring HVAC Maintenance Tasks
Here are routine HVAC maintenance tasks you can tackle this spring:
Change the air filter regularly. A forced-air HVAC system needs free flowing clean air to run properly. If you have a clogged filter, that air isn’t flowing freely and it’s full of dust and minute particulates. Once a month, check the filter and change it as needed.
Clear the outside unit of debris. If you have central A/C or a heat pump, then you have a condenser unit outside. Just like the inside, these outdoor units need airflow to run efficiently. Take a look around the outdoor component and see if there are any leaves or debris; clear it all away to avoid restricting airflow.
Install a programmable thermostat. When no one’s home, there’s no reason for your HVAC system to run at full capacity. A programmable thermostat allows you to coordinate your cooling and heating with your family’s schedule.
Schedule annual system maintenance. Once a year, you need to have an HVAC technician come out and do routine maintenance. The technician will inspect, clean, lubricate and test the system from top to bottom. Simple preventive maintenance can lower your repair needs, prolong the system’s life, and keep your energy costs down.
Consider an HVAC upgrade. The period between the heat of summer and the cold of winter is the perfect time to have HVAC upgrades done. If your system is over 10 years old or if it’s having significant ongoing repair issues, consider replacing your old system with a newer, more efficient one.
Don’t let summer’s heat arrive without performing these spring HVAC system maintenance tasks. Contact the experienced pros at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air to schedule your annual maintenance.
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