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Tips for Prepping your HVAC System for Summer

It is hard to believe at the time of this writing, with the cold gray skies, fog and rain blanketing our area, but spring and the Azalea Fest are only about a month away.  And in spring of course, a young man’s (or woman’s) fancy often turns to thoughts of…HVAC system maintenance?

Maybe not, but spring is one of the best times of the year to start preparing your HVAC system for the onslaught of summer heat.  This is partially due to the fact that our service technicians are not as busy during this time of year, as spring is usually comfortable enough that most people do not have to run their systems as much.

It may seem obvious to say that problems with an HVAC system are not apparent when it is off. Similarly, waiting for the heat of summer to find out there is an issue can result in prolonged waiting periods for technicians and/or parts to arrive, combined with the discomfort of sweaty, sleepless nights.

Scheduling a maintenance visit/tune-up or joining our Comfort Club, which includes two maintenance inspections per year, are proactive ways to prepare your HVAC system for the summer and head off major problems before they occur.  Doing so can be a viable cost-saving strategy, as HVAC systems that are not well-maintained consume up to 30 percent more energy than their counterparts.

As with many things in life, it pays to work with a professional and/or specialist, as they can often spot hidden issues that could be overlooked.  With that in mind, here are some practical ways to ensure your system works properly this summer:

  • Change the air filters – When the filter is clogged or dirty, the system has to work harder to maintain the desired temperature setting, and this can lead to added costs. Changing it on a monthly basis in the summer can help to maintain indoor air quality and ensure your home stays comfortable, without breaking the bank. 
  • Inspect duct work – Checking for ductwork breaches is essential if you want to keep your system from running constantly. Holes and/or disconnected ductwork can account for an energy loss of up to 30 percent.  It’s also worthwhile to point out that dirt can accumulate in ductwork and prevent the proper operation of your system.  To avoid going into the crawl space or attic to inspect your ductwork, give us a call.   
  • Examine/clean outdoor unit – Clearing dirt, weeds, debris and other forms of plant matter away from the outdoor unit is a good idea, as all of these can have an adverse impact on HVAC systems. Also, dirty air conditioning coils can result in decreased efficiency and more energy costs.
  • Schedule maintenance inspection – These can head off major problems and help you avoid paying emergency service call fees in the summer. A few of the services performed in a maintenance inspection include tightening electrical connections, checking fuses and circuit breakers, and recharging refrigerant levels.

For more information about how to prepare your HVAC system for the summer heat or the many benefits associated with joining our Comfort Club, please call one of our offices or email info@greendothvac.com.  

Green Dot Heating and Air is committed to provide a consultative, transparent approach, driven by innovative technology and a diligent work ethic.  With a team of highly trained and versatile technicians, a focus on helping clients make informed decisions, and a commitment to deliver substantial value, Green Dot Heating and Air is a leader in the coastal communities of North and South Carolina.  To arrange a free at-home consultation, a repair/installation or simply find guidance about the nuances of modern heating and air conditioning systems, call us or visit www.greendothvac.com.

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