Spring is just around the corner, which means allergy season will soon be here. Airborne allergens and dirty air ducts can pose health risks to your household. In addition to improving your indoor air quality, maintaining your HVAC system can also increase your home’s energy efficiency, reduce electric bills and prevent costly repairs.
Here a trusted air conditioner repair expert shares ways to prepare your HVAC system for spring.
Replace Air Filters
Air filters should be replaced every 30 to 90 days,so it’s good idea to check them at least once a month. You shouldn’t wait more than three months to replace air filters, as they’re essential to keeping your indoor air clean. Your air conditioner will also need to work harder if the air filters are dirty, which can result in poor airflow and higher energy costs.
Have the Ducts Cleaned and Sealed
You should have your ducts cleaned at least every three to five years. During your HVAC tune-up, your technician will check on the condition of your air ducts.
Around 20-30% of the conditioned air flowing through your ducts escapes through cracks and gaps in the ductwork. The U.S. Department of Energy says that sealing and insulating ducts can boost the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by up to 20%. Consult an air conditioning and home furnace repair expert regarding the cleanliness and airtightness of your air ducts.
Check Your Outdoor Unit
Debris may have found its way into your condenser unit over the winter. To prevent problems, keep the area around the unit clean and clear of possible obstructions. Always be careful when planting around your HVAC equipment, and be sure to consider how big the plants will grow, as they can get in the way of technicians performing routine maintenance and repairs.
Cooper Bros is the area’s premier provider of heating and cooling services. We specialize in AC repair, indoor air quality, preventive care and more. Call us at (408) 649-2008 or complete our contact form to get a free estimate. We cater to clients in San Jose and surrounding areas.