Now that spring has officially sprung, a lot of Texas homeowners just like you will be scheduling their annual AC tune-up to make sure their homes are ready to keep things frosty as the mercury climbs outside. But did you know there are a few small tasks you can tackle before calling in the pros? We’ve put together a checklist to help you get your AC unit ready for the sizzling days ahead.
Take Your Spring Cleaning Outside
Even mild Texas winters leave their mark on your home, and your AC unit is no exception. If you’ve got a system with an exterior condenser and cooling fan, washing away winter’s dust and debris with your hose not only improves the look of your unit, but can help improve performance. Unobstructed airflow is critical to proper function, so a thorough rinse and a check for any weeds, branches, leaves, or other debris near the unit is a good start to a long and comfortable season of air conditioning.
Change Your Filter!
Just like your furnace filter, your AC filter needs some tender loving care each spring to help ensure your system is running at peak efficiency. A clogged, dirty filter can make your system work harder than it has to, and reduce the overall quality of your air—a real concern if you have folks at home who struggle with emphysema, allergies, or other respiratory conditions. The filter really is your first line of defense against dirt and dander in your system, so make sure you change it regularly (we recommend you change it up once a month). Not sure which filter is best for your system? Ask your local pro during their next scheduled visit to get a recommendation.
Take A Trip Around The Ol’ Homestead
Do a thorough inspection of your home’s windows and doors to make sure they haven’t developed any cracks or holes at the caulk or seams. Replacing old, dried-up caulk and filling in holes with expanding foam can help you combat the estimated 30% of energy loss that occurs annually due to leaky doors and windows.
Don’t Forget the Attic!
A poorly insulated attic can cost you big bucks in lost energy dollars. Proper insulation can help keep scorching summer heat out of your living space as well as helping to keep warmth in your house during the winter, so be sure to check your insulation levels. The folks at Energy Star can help you determine how much insulation you need to save both money and energy.
Now that you’ve laid the groundwork, the last thing on your spring HVAC checklist should be a call to your favorite HVAC experts to schedule routine maintenance, ductwork check-up, or system upgrade. They can help you get the most out of your HVAC system and spring forward into the sunny days ahead without casting a dark shadow on your family’s comfort (or budget).