With the temperature rising a little more each day, getting your home prepared for the coming summer months is something every Ohio homeowner should consider. To make this as easy and as affordable as feasible, we at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air put together the following to help prep your HVAC system for the hot weather around the corner.
Make Sure You Are Ready:
Remember Your Air Filters!
While homeowners ought to be replacing their A/C system air filters every one to three months, this is the perfect time to remind yourself again if you haven’t replaced them yet. Because the winter months lead to more dust and debris accumulation in these air filters, homeowners need to be sure they are totally clean before the cooling season kicks off.
Moreover, homeowners should be certain they are utilizing the correct type and size of air filters for their particular system. If you’re unsure which filter is precisely right, one of our certified technicians would love to swing by and help. We can also guarantee the air filters are correctly in place with all the airflow “arrows” pointing in the right place.
Cleaning Vents and Registers
It’s not only your A/C system’s air filters that tend to get clogged during the winter months. Your home’s air vents and registers can get clogged up as well. Because of this, we recommend keeping that in mind while giving your home a good spring cleaning. Be careful not to overlook these supply vents and registers. In fact, get out a vacuum cleaner and suction up all that dust, dirt and pet hair (if you have furry ones) that tends to accumulate during the passing seasons.
Finally, if you own a zoned system and have covered or unused A/C vents during the winter, this is the time to remove those covers.
As the weather warms, this is also an excellent time to schedule a professional air duct cleaning. This will enhance your system’s airflow, boost its efficiency, and improve your house’s Indoor Air Quality, also known as IAQ.
Examine the Thermostat
Too many homeowners fail to realize their thermostats need regular testing to guarantee they are working precisely. So, with the commencement of each new heating or cooling season, test your thermostat’s controls. You may need to recalibrate the unit from time to time.
At the same time, you may also need to reprogram your programmable thermostat for the hot months approaching, if you have not yet done so. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat, ask us about the cost savings of an upgrade.
The Importance of HVAC System Maintenance
With the dawn of the Do-It-Yourself movement, a lot of homeowners these days realize they can do a lot more things on their own to prepare their systems for the changing seasons. And to some extent, they’d be right. Having said that, however, we are careful to emphasize that nothing is better than expert HVAC maintenance. For many, HVAC systems are too costly an endeavor to have to replace via trial and error. Most homeowners realize it always pays off in dividends, in the end, to be proactive with your expensive HVAC system than to be reactive. As such, now is the perfect time to schedule your annual maintenance. As a result of any routine maintenance visit, you can be confident your system is operating at its best. If there’s the slightest issue, we’ll have time to address it before the truly hot days of summer arrive.
Our certified HVAC technicians inspect your entire system, from top to bottom. There are a slew of things most homeowners aren’t aware of until it’s too late, and things to look for you won’t find online. Our technicians can swiftly diagnose and repair any problems to ensure your system is ready for summer in little time.