The spring ritual of adjusting your clocks for daylight savings time is a good reminder to take care of important chores like replacing your carbon monoxide and smoke detector batteries. When you’re making a spring forward chore list this year, be sure to add these HVAC tasks.
Optimize the Air Distribution System
To improve airflow through the HVAC system and curb conditioned air waste, hire a pro to inspect the ductwork, fix problems like disconnected or damaged sections, then seal and insulate the ducts. Schedule professional duct cleaning, and make sure the supply and return registers are vacuumed or dusted to remove any dust and debris.
Tidy Up Around the Outdoor Unit
Clean up anything within two feet of the condenser unit that might interfere with airflow, since airflow restrictions can erode your HVAC system’s energy efficiency and put added strain on costly components like the compressor. You should remove piles of dead leaves, fallen branches and other yard debris, and trim shrubs, tall grass and weeds so the condenser has ample room to breathe.
Reduce the HVAC Equipment’s Load
Taking steps to lessen the equipment’s workload can reduce your energy bills and boost your comfort. Start by sealing air leaks around your windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping, then use expandable foam insulation to fill holes, gaps and cracks around the exterior. Seal air leaks between the attic and living areas, too, and top up the insulation on your attic floor to R-60.
Schedule a Cooling System Checkup
It’s wise to have an experienced HVAC technician inspect, clean and tune up your cooling system before the heat and humidity settles in. A pro will tackle critical maintenance chores like checking the refrigerant level, cleaning the coils and fans, cleaning and lubricating the blower unit and flushing the condensate drain. Your technician will change the air filter and remind you to check it monthly during cooling season, and replace it whenever there’s any visible dirt accumulation.
To learn more HVAC tasks to add to your spring forward chore list, contact the Peachtree City comfort pros at Powers Heating & Air who service all of Fayette, Coweta and surrounding counties in Georgia.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.
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