Dirty filters restrict airflow and re-circulate dusty air, which isn’t too great during hot summer afternoons.

Heat and humidity may be tolerable if you’re heading out to the beach. But if you’re staying home or working at the office most days, enduring the summer without a working air conditioner can be a bother! You’ll want to ensure your HVAC system is in great working condition and prepared to handle the longer operating hours.

By following a few AC maintenance tips at home, you can guarantee that your HVAC system is prepared for the hottest season of the year.

How Do HVAC Systems Work?

In case you were wondering, HVAC is an acronym for “Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.” HVAC systems control the climate and ventilation facilities in your home. These include your furnace, vents, refrigerant lines, thermostat, and condensing unit.

Technically, there are different HVAC systems, from zoned systems, heating, and AC split systems to duct-free split systems and systems with humidity control. It’s up to you to choose which system suits your needs the best. If you need help, talk to our experts at Green Apple Mechanical, and they’ll gladly make a recommendation.

Preparing Your HVAC System For Summer

As for regular maintenance, here’s what you can do at your end to ensure your HVAC system is ready for summer:

Check Your Filters

If you use your AC daily, checking your air conditioning system’s filters is something you should do regularly, regardless of the season. Filters can get dirty very quickly, preventing your system from performing at its optimum capacity, and therefore need to be cleaned more often.

HVAC systems, in general, do a great job of pulling outside air and pumping clean air indoors. Dirty filters restrict airflow and re-circulate dusty air, which isn’t too great during hot summer afternoons. It’s a great idea to set a reminder sometime in spring to check your filters and clean them before summer rolls around.

Filters may be cleaned or changed monthly, yearly, or at regular intervals. The frequency largely depends on the type of system you specifically have.

Clear Outdoor Areas

Most overlook this basic step, but don’t forget that your unit may still have a winter cover on it! Some people like to cover their units to protect them from the harsh winter weather. If you’ve done so, take the covering off promptly to ensure proper ventilation during the summer months.

After that, inspect the area for trash, snow, or fall debris that may have clogged any of your unit’s drains. Clear away any dead grass, leaves, and branches that are crowding your fan. Maintain at least a two-foot clearance between your unit and its proximity to dead leaves or debris that may easily catch fire.

Pay careful attention to the air conditioning coils as you clear out debris. Accumulated debris might clog the coils and obstruct your system, causing it to malfunction.

Check For Leaks

Another thing to look out for is leaks in your ductwork. Holes or cracks in the ductwork may mean there’s an issue with your HVAC system. Ductwork lasts as long as 25 years, mostly, but they still need to be checked regularly. At the 15-point mark, you’ll start to see wear and tear, which is normal, but it might make your ductwork more susceptible to leaks.

Leaks mean that air is escaping through the ducts, undermining the efficiency of your cooling system. Ductwork should support releasing clean, cool air through proper vents to make sure a room is cooled quickly and efficiently.

Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC needs call us today toll-free at 888-611-7191

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