Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Summer

Mar 8, 2021 | Air Conditioner, Cooling, HVAC, Tips & Tricks


Fayette County summers can get humid, hot, and without a good air conditioner — utterly miserable. If you’re looking to ensure your HVAC system works reliably and efficiently all summer long, you’re in the right place.

In the following piece, our NATE-certified professionals at Washington Court House Heating & Cooling put together some tips for homeowners heading into the hot season.

Change Air Filter Often

This is one of the easiest and most affordable maintenance things a homeowner can do for a residential air conditioning system. Because A/C filters become dusty, dirty, and clogged, keeping them clean and changing them is essential. Dirty air filters restrict air flow, reducing the cooling power of the air conditioner and this can cause problems. Make sure to check your air filters before summer starts, and keep an eye on them throughout the summer.

Clean Dirty Air Vents

Clogged or dirty vents can also hinder A/C efficiency. Before summer, check for visible dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris that may be blocking vents and clean them if necessary. Also make sure that the vents are open.

Get Your Professional AC Tune-Up

The best way to ensure your air conditioner works reliably all summer long is to schedule an AC tune-up with a professional HVAC technician. During our multi-point inspection, we look at all the various components of your home cooling system and ensure that everything is working as it should. We can take care of any minor repairs at that time also, so they don’t develop into a major problem down the road.

Make Sure Outdoor Areas Are Clear

If you don’t have a central A/C unit but instead use a different type of home cooling system, such as a ductless mini-split or a zoned AC system, it’s essential that you make sure the outdoor areas near the AC unit are clean and clear of debris. Remove things like leaves, branches, overgrown shrubbery, and other things that might be too close to the unit. In general, you want to have a clear space of about three feet all around the outside of your AC unit, to reduce the chances of problems.

Consider An A/C Upgrade

If summer is coming and you can’t stand the thought of going through one more hot season with an older air conditioning system that’s costing too much or not doing the trick, you should consider upgrading your A/C. Replacing your whole system might seem like a big (and expensive) hassle, but it can actually save you a ton of time, money, and stress. Modern AC systems tend to be much more energy efficient than older units, meaning you’ll likely see lowered monthly bills and fewer breakdowns over time.

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Find out more about how we can help you prepare your HVAC system for summer — call Washington Court House Heating & Cooling today at (740) 281-5312

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