Springtime is finally here!
There’s no better time than now to make sure your HVAC system—and particularly your air conditioning unit—is ready to handle the rigors of another hot summer. While it doesn’t tend to get too blazing hot here in Windsor, Colorado and the surrounding areas, we’re certainly no stranger to the occasional scorcher.
In today’s post on the Best Buy Heating and Air blog, we’d like to share seven easy spring maintenance tips with you. They’re all easy and straightforward but will have a major impact on the performance and energy savings of your HVAC system for the coming summer months.
Let’s dive in with an easy one first:
#1 – Schedule Your Annual HVAC Maintenance Appointment
The easiest thing to do to make sure your HVAC system is ready to handle another Colorado summer is to schedule your annual HVAC check-up appointment with us—it’s affordable and, in the long run, will end up saving you much, much more than you might imagine.
Check out our blog post The Real Benefit of HVAC Maintenance is in the Numbers: How to Save Thousands where we take a deep dive into the numbers behind home and business owners who make use of regular maintenance appointments vs. those who don’t. Needless to say, HVAC owners who had regular maintenance appointments came out way ahead.
If you’d like to have us come out and inspect your unit, please feel more than welcome to schedule a service appointment.
#2 – Inspect & Clean the Outdoor HVAC Unit
A lot of what we’ll be discussing in today’s post concerns the indoor components of your HVAC system: things like ducts and filters. But a major component that often goes overlooked is the outside HVAC unit.
Take a few minutes to go outside to the unit and give it a visual inspection. Does it look level on its platform? Is it covered in debris from the winter? Does the condenser have any signs of damage?
Clean the debris from the unit and the surrounding area. Follow the tips outlined in our post What is an Air Conditioning Condenser, and How Do I Maintain it? and, if everything looks good, you’re probably fine—but if something looks amiss, give us a call.
#3 – Replace Your HVAC Filters
We harp on this point often, but it really is so important. Replacing your HVAC filters regularly is the easiest, cheapest, and best form of DIY maintenance. Most home and business owners can easily handle this simple project themselves. Read our post How to Replace the Air Filters For Your Air Conditioner and Furnace & Other HVAC DIY Tips to learn exactly how to do it (and you’ll get a few bonus tips to boot). If you’ve been considering switching to washable filters, we also recommend reading through our post Are Washable HVAC Filters Worth the Money? It Depends – Learn Why.
#4 – Inspect Your Bathroom Exhaust Vents
Bathroom exhaust vents are another part of your HVAC system that can often go overlooked—perhaps for years if you haven’t scheduled a professional maintenance inspection. Turn on your bathroom fans and listen for any rattling sounds or signs of decreased performance.
These components are surprisingly important, because without their continued operation, humidity can build in your home and cause expensive damages. Read our post Bathroom Exhaust Vent Acting Up? Check Out These DIY Repair Tips for everything you need to know about keeping your bathroom exhaust vents in good working order.
#5 – Check Your HVAC Ducts for Air Leaks
Air leaks can be hard to detect if you’re not specifically looking for them. But you’ll definitely notice that something isn’t quite right on your energy bill—leaky ducts can raise your energy bill in states like Colorado by as much as 30%. Read our DIY repair guide to learn how to discover and fix air leaks in your duct work.
#6 – Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are one of the best ways to lower your energy bill. These programmable thermostats ensure that your HVAC system is only working as hard as is absolutely necessary—and the result are savings of up to 10% per year or more. You might even be eligible to get a rebate on one if you live in Greeley. See our post Greeley, Colorado Energy Efficiency Rebates Through Atmos Energy Explained for more.
#7 – Resolve Air Balancing Issues Throughout Your Home
Air balancing refers to a relatively simple process that makes sure your home enjoys even temperatures throughout all the rooms, hallways, and living spaces. If you’re experiencing areas of the home that are too hot or too cold—even with your HVAC system running—this process might be the solution to your temperature woes. Read our article Prevent Hot and Cold Spots With These Easy DIY Air Balancing Techniques to learn more.
Want a Pro to Inspect Your HVAC System Before Summer? Give us a Call
We’ll remind you of entry #1 on this blog post—getting professional annual maintenance services for your HVAC system is one of the best ways to save and to make sure that you don’t find yourself without air conditioning during the summer due to an unforeseen problem. If you’re ready to get started, we invite you to contact us online or give us a call at (970) 218-0414.