March 7, 2023
Flowers are starting to bloom, the days are longer, and warmer weather is setting in. That can only mean one thing, spring is in the air. Spring officially begins later this month and if you, like most of us, can’t wait for more hours of sunshine, you are likely ready to get everything prepared for the season ahead so you can enjoy it. Warmer weather signals a time to turn off the heater and turn on the air conditioning. Is your AC ready for the hotter months ahead? Our spring HVAC tips can help you ensure that it is. Check them out below.
Spring HVAC Tips
While our California winters may not be as brutal as they are in other parts of the country, the colder weather can still cause issues for your HVAC system, especially when you are officially ready to switch it over to air conditioning. Much like you should prepare your furnace for the fall and winter, you should do the same with your air conditioning for spring and summer.
- Inspect the outside portion of your HVAC system. If your HVAC system has a condenser that is outdoors, now is the time to remove any covering you may have on it and check around it for debris and other items that may have accumulated in or near it over the colder months. Turning on the air conditioning portion of your unit and forgetting to uncover it, or having obstructions in it, can severely damage your HVAC system.
- Check and change your air filters. Regularly changing your home’s air filter is significant for your home and your family’s health. The change of season can serve as a great reminder that it is time to replace your air filter. Air filters do simply what the name implies, they filter your air. Air filters keep dust and pollen out and are also tasked with keeping larger particles and materials out of your HVAC system, in turn, saving your system from mutilation. Dirty, unchanged filters are a leading cause of issues with Marin, Sonoma, and Napa County HVAC systems.
- Test your cooling system. While you may not need AC just yet, one of the best Spring HVAC tips we can provide is for you to check your air conditioning before it is needed. This will allow you to identify any issues proactively, so they can be fixed before you are looking for an escape from the heat.
- Examine your thermostat. If you have your thermostat turned only to heat, the spring is a great time to change the setting to automatic. The spring is also a good time to set and program your thermostat to ideal temperatures for the warmer months ahead. Use this time to determine if your thermostat is in need of replacement, and do so if needed.
- Schedule an AC tune-up. An annual AC tune-up will help keep your system at optimal performance. Doing this in the spring will ensure that your air conditioner is replaced, repaired, or serviced in time to help you achieve whole-home comfort in the warmer temperatures. Most people don’t realize that in the summer, the average family spends about 40% of their energy bill for air conditioning the house. Periodic maintenance on your air conditioner can help you save money by improving its overall energy efficiency, as well as helping to prevent expensive emergency breakdowns.
Spring is in the air, and if you want to ensure your home’s air conditioning is working as it should, when it is needed, following the above spring HVAC tips can help, and so can Bragg Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.
Working with a trusted and experienced AC professional is one of the most important factors when it comes to the long-term efficiency of your cooling system. Contact us today to schedule your AC tune-up or for any of your heating and cooling needs.