Most homeowners know to get their HVAC systems ready for the cold winter months, but not everyone realizes that it’s a good practice to prepare for spring as well. Try to remember that systems work most efficiently when they’re in good shape, and efficiency saves you money. With that in mind, here are some of our best tips to get ready for warmer weather.
You should turn on your system yourself to see that it works smoothly. Regular professional maintenance can also help you ensure that your unit is in the best condition possible. This will also reduce later repair costs and extend the life of your HVAC. Since they can be costly to either repair or replace, this can help you out in the long run.
Don’t just leave your thermostat at one setting all day, every day. You’ll pump through energy and money quicker than you realize. The best thing to do is to turn the temperature up when you’ll be away for long periods or when the sun goes down. If you don’t think you’ll remember to do this, you may want to consider a programmable thermostat or a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat that you can control from your phone or computer.
Check to see if your system is completely intact. One area that needs occasional repair work is the duct system. These occasionally crack and leak out cool air, so it’s worth going through and patching any holes that you find. You can also insulate your ducts to make them even more efficient.
Try to find other ways to lower the temperature in your house so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to do so much work. For instance, if you have large glass doors going outside, shade them with an awning. Planting deciduous trees around your home can also give it some shade during the warm months but allow through sunlight in the colder months when the branches are bare.