5 Ways to Get Your AC System Ready for Summer
It may not be warm yet in the Madison area, but warmer spring temperatures will be here before you know it. Now is the time to get your HVAC system ready for warm weather. Getting a head start on maintenance and HVAC repair can help ensure that your home will stay comfortable when the warm weather arrives.
Do a Test Run
Your air conditioner may have been working well when you last turned it off last year, but a lot of time has passed since then. That’s why we suggest giving your AC a test run before hot weather is here. But before you start your test run there are a few things you should check first.
Things to Check Before Testing Your Air Conditioner
We suggest waiting until outdoor temperatures reach 60-65+ degrees to test your air conditioner, here in Madison, that means mid-April. When the time comes, first check the outdoor unit (called the air conditioner condenser) for any debris such as sticks or leaves in the condenser or fan. If you cover your air conditioner during the heating season you’ll need to remove the cover before you run your AC. For those that utilize a cover of any kind we advise to pull or turn off the disconnect to ensure the air conditioning unit cannot be run before going outside to see the cover is still on.
Once a quick check of the outside unit has been done turn the thermostat to cool and lower the set point if needed to get the air conditioning to turn on full blast. As the air conditioner runs, walk from one room to the next and check each vent. Move furniture to ensure that each vent is unobstructed. Listen for strange sounds. Smell the air for odd odors that might be coming out of the vents.
Check Outdoor Components
Once you’ve ensured that the unit is functioning well inside the house, walk back outside and check the condenser while it’s running. Listen for strange noises and check the unit for corrosion, rust, and other problems.
While near the condenser check for additional obstructions like bushes that need to be trimmed. Although some homeowners like to hide their air conditioner by planting bushes and shrubs nearby, they can hinder the airflow of the unit if over grown. Bushes and shrubs can also cause the accumulation of other debris like leaves to form around the outside of your condenser through the course of a winter.
To make your air conditioner’s job easier, clean up the area around your condenser.
Install a High Quality Replacement Air Filter to Improve Indoor Air Quality
The air filter is the part of the HVAC system that cleans the air that flows through your vents. This is important because dust, dander, and debris can not only build up in your vents, but can clog your indoor coil and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. After using your furnace all winter long, your air filter will need to be replaced. Replacing you filter with a quality filter is smart. Skimping on the quality of filter will only cause more dust and dirt to clog your system. Installing a filter that is rated too high could restrict the airflow within your system and cause issues as well. You can find instructions for replacing your air filter in the owner’s manual for your HVAC system.
We advise selecting a pleated filter with the MERV value between 7 and 10. Many filter makers also list the various contaminates that the filter will catch, such as dust, dust mites, dirt, particles from tobacco smoke, and pollen.
If you feel your home needs additional air filtration contact a HVAC contractor for options that will improve the quality of your homes air.
Get a Professional Checkup
Even if you’ve tested your HVAC system and believe that your air conditioner is in good condition, it’s still important to have a professional give your air conditioner a tune-up before the cooling season begins. Contact us for a routine checkup. Our technician can clean your unit, check its efficiency, look for damage, and make recommendations for repair if needed.
Contact an HVAC Expert Like Pharo Heating and Cooling
Pharo Heating & Cooling is a full-service HVAC and indoor air contractor in Madison. Our team provides top quality service for new construction and replacement furnace and air conditioner needs. For more information about air handling or an annual AC tune-up, give us a call at 608-849-5410 or submit a contact form through our website.