The summer season is just around the corner! In a few weeks, it will be time to turn on your air conditioner to escape the heat and humidity that Virginia summers are known for. Now is the time to start prepping your HVAC unit so you can avoid unnecessary breakdowns that will not only cost you money, but your comfort. Here are a few easy steps you can take ahead of the warmer weather:
- Replace your home’s filters. When was the last time you replaced your air filter? If it’s been a while, the filter has most likely collected dust, pollen, and other pollutants that could be affecting your air quality and your unit’s performance.
- Clean the outside unit. If your outside unit is dirty or cluttered with debris, it could impact the flow of air in your unit. First, clear the area of any sticks, leaves, or other yard debris. Then, you should also hose off the exterior coils with water to clean off any dirt. Make sure the unit is shut off before you hose the coils.
- Have your unit inspected by a professional. A licensed HVAC technician will inspect your system thoroughly to make sure everything is in proper working order. They’ll also be able to identify any small problems that can be fixed to avoid major (and costly) repairs down the road.