Preparing For Spring: Your HVAC Checklist
Spring is around the corner and that means it’s time to start preparing your air conditioner for increased usage. While most HVAC systems in Florida don’t get a huge break between seasons, the spring and summer season are usually when your system will work its hardest. And it’s important to make sure it is ready to handle the task. Here’s our spring HVAC checklist to ensure you’re ready for the season.
Change Your Air Filters. No surprise that one of the most important things to do to prepare for the change in seasons is to check and change your air filters. When your filters are clogged and filled with dust and debris it’s harder for air to flow through your HVAC system. The result is that your air conditioner has to work harder and less efficiently. This can lead to increased utility costs and it can shorten the life of your HVAC system.
Check Your Vents. Did you know that closing your vents in unused rooms can actually make your HVAC system work harder? This is because a closed vent limits air flow. We recommend leaving your vents open in every room. It is also important to check your vents for any foreign objects which depending on the size, can also obstruct air flow. Foreign objects in your vents could also cause odors—if you smell burning plastic, it could be a toy or other object lodged in one of your vents.
Clean Your Air Ducts. If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t checked your air ducts in a while. But just like your air filters, it’s important to clean your air ducts to help maximize air flow. This keeps your HVAC system from overworking. An efficient system keeps your energy cost manageable and your family comfortable.
Clean Around Your Unit. Debris such as leaves, sticks, and weeds can find their way on top of and around your unit following a storm. It is important to keep the area around your outdoor unit clean and clear to maintain adequate airflow. A clogged unit will have to work harder and will impact the life of your HVAC system.
Check Drain Line. Every HVAC unit has a drainage system that pumps excess moisture out via a drain line. Although there shouldn’t be a lot of water, if you notice that there isn’t any after your air conditioner has been running for a while, there might be a blockage in the drain hose. If you’re having trouble finding and clearing the clog, contact Air Hawk and a schedule an appointment.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance. We can’t stress enough the importance of having a maintenance plan. We offer two maintenance plan options that will ensure that your HVAC system is ready for the changes in seasons and that it runs at peak performance year-round. When you have reliable partner, you can rest assure that your HVAC system receives the proper care to prolong its lifespan.