As the weather changes in Alabama, homeowners must take the proper measures to get their HVAC units ready. When springtime rolls in, you may be using your cooling system for the first time since winter. As a homeowner, you want to ensure your unit is working to prepare your home for those hot Alabama days. Our team at Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing wants to help you prepare your AC unit for the spring!
Check Your Outdoor System
Before you begin to use your system for cooling, you should be sure to remove any covers from winter. This cover, if left on, can cause your system to overheat and shut off.
Check for animals or critters that may have turned your HVAC unit into their temporary home. There may also be debris around your systems, such as branches or dirt. Taking the time to ensure the area around your system is clean is vital to the health of your system.
Your air filters are essential in making your home’s indoor air quality pristine. These filters only function if you make sure they don’t need to be changed. Most air filters require a replacement every 30 days.
If you have pets in your home or frequently have windows and doors open, you may need to change your filters more often. We recommend at least checking on the status of your filters every two weeks.
While dirty filters are not only a health hazard, they can overwork your AC unit and cause it to fail. By not maintaining the quality of your system, your unit may need hefty repairs down the road.
Keep an Eye on Thermostat Readings
When you first turn on your system to cool during the spring, keep an eye on your thermostat readings. If you notice significant fluctuations in your thermostat, it may be time to schedule an AC tune-up. Another sign of needing maintenance is uneven cooling in your home.
Clean Air Ducts
Another essential tip in preparing your HVAC unit for the spring is ensuring all your air ducts are clean. Mold, mildew and other debris can find their way into your air duct system during the winter. You want to ensure there is nothing that can block the flow of air in your ducts. If you are unsure how to clean your air ducts, give us a call, and our team will be right on the task!
Schedule Your HVAC Maintenance
Our last and most important tip for getting your unit ready for the spring is to schedule your HVAC maintenance appointment. These preventive maintenance calls are vital to keeping your system healthy. Springtime is the perfect time to prepare your maintenance.
Our trained and licensed technicians will inspect your AC unit during your maintenance. They will be able to see if there are any underlying issues with your system. Catching the problems early on will prevent them from becoming a more significant issue and needing repairs.
If you have not yet scheduled your yearly preventative maintenance service, now is the perfect time! Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing want to ensure all our Hueytown, Alabama residents are fully prepared for the spring.