The snow, ice and cold winter weather will soon be replaced by spring rains and blooms, so now is the ideal time to tackle HVAC prep to ensure that your system is primed for the coming cooling season. Here are some important HVAC-related tasks that you can take care of now:
Schedule Semi-Annual Maintenance
Setting up a spring maintenance appointment earlier rather than later lets you get ahead of the seasonal rush when your HVAC pro has a fully-booked schedule. If you’ve neglected preventive maintenance recently, having the system inspected, cleaned and tuned-up now can help optimize its efficiency and allow you to get any minor repairs completed so it stays running reliably once the cooling season begins.
Put in a Fresh Air Filter
A clogged filter can cause airflow restrictions that erode your HVAC system’s energy efficiency and cause damage that leads to an unexpected equipment breakdown or costly premature failure. You can prevent these problems by inspecting the air filter every month and replacing it when there’s any sign of dirt accumulation, or every 90 days at minimum.
Address Ductwork Issues
Leaky, un-insulated ducts can cause the loss of 20 percent (or more) of the cool air produced by your HVAC system. You can curb that waste by having an experienced HVAC technician seal the seams and joins on all the accessible ducts, then install an R-6 insulation wrap.
Update Your Older Thermostat
If you still have a basic manual or digital thermostat controlling your HVAC system, you can enjoy greater convenience, comfort and energy savings by switching to a programmable thermostat. When you’re comparing models, look for one that matches your usual weekly schedule and your brand and type of HVAC equipment.
Consider an Equipment Upgrade
If your heat pump or air conditioner is close to 15 years old, or it has required repairs every year recently, replacing it before the upcoming cooling season can lower your monthly energy bills and ensure your peace of mind about its reliability.
For personalized advice about HVAC prep for your Monmouth County home, contact us today at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).