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Attention homeowners! While the spring equinox isn’t technically for a few more weeks (March 12th this year), Charleston temperatures are quickly rising, and spring is officially in the air! With high temperatures already heating up our homes, it’s the perfect time for a spring checkup on your HVAC system so that there are no surprises as it gets hotter and more humid here in the south.
Preparing your HVAC system early can save you a lot of time and money later in the season, and you also won’t have to worry about your system breaking down in the middle of summer! There is nothing worse than turning up the air conditioning in the middle of a blistering hot summer day and finding out that your A/C unit no longer blows out cool air. Take it from us, you do not want to learn that lesson the hard way! That is why it is important to take precautions now to prepare your home for extremely high temperatures.
Here are four tips to get your HVAC system ready for the spring and summer seasons.
1. Get Your HVAC System Professionally Checked
Since spring has finally sprung, it is officially the time of the year to have your HVAC system checked to ensure it is ready to tackle the intense temperatures of Charleston’s spring and summer seasons. One of the easiest and most important things you can do to prepare your HVAC system for the summer months is to schedule maintenance in the spring months. Plus, most companies, like JAC Services, will come to inspect your HVAC system for free!
Early in the spring season is a perfect time to get your HVAC system inspected and to get a tune-up from a professional HVAC company. Not only will this help you remember to regularly schedule maintenance, but it can also save you money in the long run! Scheduling regular maintenance at least once each year (preferably in the spring) is essential to helping your HVAC system last longer and perform better for years to come. This way, you save money and stress less!
Another advantage of having your HVAC system professionally checked early in the spring season is that you beat the influx of HVAC repairs that inevitably happen every summer. Instead of sweating it out while waiting for an appointment, JAC Services can inspect your system early and ensure that you are ready to go for the rest of spring and summer with no issues.
During this time of year, you should also keep in mind that it may be time for an upgrade on your outdated HVAC unit. Consider replacing an old or malfunctioning heating and cooling system before spring to save you money on energy bills and improve comfort levels. Take some time this spring to speak with an experienced HVAC technician, have him or her inspect your current system, and recommend the right system for your home’s needs.
2. Clean Your Ducts
The vents in our homes tend to accumulate dust, debris, and dirt as air passes through them, which is why it is a good idea to clean them each spring. For simple fixes, you can use a rag or vacuum to remove any buildup on your vents. When duct pathways are extremely clogged or blocked, however, the system can get bogged down and not run efficiently. This, in turn, causes high energy bills and poor air quality in your home. If your ducts are clogged, you may need the help of a professional to go deeper into your ducts before you see an improvement in your home’s air quality.
Spring is the perfect time to schedule a professional duct cleaning by JAC Services to improve your HVAC system’s airflow and the home’s overall indoor air quality.
3. Check for Leaks and Cracks
Your HVAC system might form cracks and leaks during the cold winter months that can wreck all kinds of damage to your system as a whole if it is not repaired. Since the system has several metal components, and Charleston is notoriously humid and wet, they can easily rust and create holes and cracks that you do not notice until you turn your A/C back on. Possible leaks and cracks are why you need an expert to inspect the system before springtime.
If you notice cracks or leaks in your system, you can hire a technician from JAC Services to repair them before you start using your HVAC system again in the spring. By scheduling a professional to check your HVAC for leaks and cracks, you can catch a small problem before it becomes even bigger — and more expensive — to repair.
JAC Services can also help you get ahead of any repairs before the busy season ensues so that there are no disruptions to your service.
4. Replace Air Filters
One of the easiest things you can do as a homeowner to ensure your home is ready for warmer weather is to replace your air filters. You should already be changing your air filters every few months, but early spring is the perfect time to replace them if you haven’t done so in a while.
It’s important to make sure that your filters are free from debris and completely clean when spring begins and you start cooling your home. It’s also important to make sure you’ve purchased the correct size and type of air filter for your system. If you are not sure which filter to use, one of the JAC Services HVAC technicians can help make the decision.
HVAC systems are a necessity for most homeowners, and they need to be maintained regularly. To help get your HVAC system ready for the spring and summer, JAC Services technicians are here to help! Whether you need air conditioner replacement, repair, maintenance, or if you want to check your indoor air quality in Charleston county and surrounding areas, our team can help! If you want to learn more about our services, schedule a visit, or if you want a free quote, contact a member of our team.