Now that summer is in full swing, you strongly rely on your HVAC system to keep your family comfortable as the days get longer and the temperature continues to rise. You are probably using your HVAC around the clock, making it vital that you keep it performing at its best. Consider our summer maintenance for your HVAC system to avoid expensive breakdowns that leave your loved ones sweltering.
Important Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC System
Follow these tips to properly maintain your HVAC system this summer:
- Schedule an HVAC maintenance tune-up—HVAC maintenance tune-ups are typically performed each spring before you switch from heating to cooling. However, suppose you forgot to schedule a tune-up last season and are already running your system. In that case, it is essential to contact a professional HVAC technician immediately for a tune-up. They will conduct a complete inspection of your system, troubleshoot any issues, and perform maintenance on the components to keep them running efficiently and prevent any breakdowns as the temperature rises and your system starts working overtime.
- Adjust your thermostat—Summer typically brings several changes to your household schedule, and it is essential to adjust your thermostat to accommodate these changes. Common changes to programming your thermostat are later wake-up times, later bedtimes, and longer occupancy hours with kids home from school, as well as summer activities, sports, or travel that keeps your home empty for extended periods. Always activate the hold feature on your thermostat before leaving for vacation to ensure you can save money on cooling expenses.
- Clean or replace your filter—During the summer, when you use your HVAC system more consistently, the air filter will accumulate higher amounts of debris faster and experience more frequent blockages. You should be inspecting your filter once a month, or more often if you own pets or smoke inside, then cleaning or replacing it depending on whether your filter is permanent or disposable. Keeping your air filter in the best condition is necessary to keep your system at optimal functioning, increase airflow, and maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home.
Keep Your Family Cool This Summer
If you need to schedule a tune-up for your HVAC system or require assistance with cleaning or replacing your filter, contact Birmingham Plumbing, Heating & Air today. Our full-service company offers dedicated, reliable, and professional residential heating and cooling services for all your needs and can resolve any of your HVAC issues quickly and effectively.