Preparing Your HVAC System For Warm Weather

Monday, August 1st, 2016
Construction plumbing and HVAC in Amarillo, Texas.

When warmer months approach, you should ensure that your HVAC system is working properly. In most homes, HVAC use is increased during the summer months, so it is critical to have your system checked by an HVAC professional during routine maintenance. The following tips will help you prepare your home and your HVAC system for warm weather.

Properly ventilate the attic

Check your attic for proper ventilation and remove clutter that could potentially prevent good circulation. Open attic space will allow the unobstructed movement of air to your vents. A clean attic will reduce the overall workload of your HVAC system, which will reduce wear and tear and help you save money.

Check refrigerant levels

In order for your HVAC system to cool properly, it must have proper refrigerant levels. Some indicators of low refrigerant levels include a longer cooling time, increased utility bills, and ice buildup. A professional service technician can maintain the desired refrigerant level to keep your home comfortable.

Utilize a digital thermostat

A digital thermostat will allow you to better gauge the interior temperature of your home, although some older models of digital thermostats are less accurate. Since the thermostat controls the HVAC system, an inaccurate reading could lead to underuse or overuse. In addition to accurately reading the temperature, digital thermostats can be programmed to change the temperature while you are away from home. Utilizing this benefit can result in lower energy bills.

Check the HVAC air filter regularly

To avoid an expensive repair, your air filter should be changed at least once every three months. Increased use of the system in the warmer months may require the filter to be checked more often. Clean filters eliminate hazardous or large particles, allowing the HVAC system to work at optimal efficiency.

Keep shrubs trimmed

If your home has bushes or shrubs near the condenser, make sure they are trimmed away from the system. Bushes blocking areas between the fan and the unit will impede airflow and prevent your HVAC system from running efficiently.

Taking care of your HVAC system requires knowledge and vigilance when it comes to regular maintenance. Contact the professionals at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical, Inc. in Amarillo, Texas for more information about maintenance for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. We provide commercial, heavy industrial, and residential services throughout the Texas Panhandle and Tri-State area. If you have any questions, give us a call at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us via email. You can also visit us in person at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo.