In some parts of the U.S, the worst of winter’s cold weather has passed or is getting close to being history. By default, that means spring is right around the corner, and warm weather cannot be far behind.
While a heat wave is unlikely to hit you anytime soon—although who can be sure these days?—it is important to be prepared for one ahead of time if you live in an area where you rely heavily on your air conditioning unit for a substantial part of the year. Consequently, we have put together a checklist you can do to ensure your HVAC unit is ready the moment that first hot air arrives. Read on to learn more.
Filter It Out
It is a good move to replace your filters on a regular basis, so we recommend changing yours once a month. This simple and relatively inexpensive step will ensure your unit is operating as efficiently as possible.
Keep Things Clear
Water is an important part of the cooling process in your HVAC unit. Consequently, it is imperative that you keep that liquid flowing smoothly. We recommend checking your drainage hole at the base of your unit, usually located beneath the evaporator fins. If it seems to be clogged or partially blocked, use a paper clip or something like it to poke through it to free any sludge and keep things moving.
Dry It Off
An often overlooked but simple and effective step that is key, particularly at the beginning of every season, is to check your dehumidifier. Again, built-up moisture is the enemy. Accordingly, take the dehumidifier’s lid off and let the unit dry completely, then vacuum every part of it. This will ensure it operates at top capacity.
Keep Your Fans Happy
Clean your bathroom fans so they pull their weight in getting warm, humid air out of your living space and take some pressure off your HVAC unit. Just turn off the power, clean the unit with a rag or toothbrush and some water and let it dry.
Finally, caulk around your windows to ensure you are not letting your valuable cool air out and the enemy hot air in. This is also yet another way to lessen the strain on your cooling unit.
So don’t delay and don’t assume all is well with your HVAC unit. Make a list and have a reputable service professional, like those here at Precise Air Systems, check it twice. That way, you can relax in cool comfort when that heat wave does hit.