With the weather starting to heat up in Stafford, Virginia, it’s almost time to say goodbye to the heater and crank up the AC. Here are some helpful tips to make sure the switch goes off without a hitch.
Prep the AC Unit
Get your exterior air conditioning unit ready for summer by removing its cover and clearing any surrounding debris. Check for any weeds, leaves, or limbs around the unit. If there appears to be any damage, contact an HVAC technician to assess the situation.
Change the Air Filters
While you should already be changing your air filters every one to three months, opting for fresh ones when switching over to AC is a good rule of thumb. Your AC’s air filter is an essential component that makes or breaks your home’s indoor air quality. Just be sure to keep changing the filters as needed, especially if you have pets.
Clean the Vents
Along with changing the air filters, you should also vacuum or wash the vents throughout the home. Dirty vents can inhibit airflow or even blow dust back into the living space. If you’ve cleaned the vents and replaced the air filters but you still experience poor indoor air quality, you may need to have your ducts cleaned.
Check the Thermostat
Thermostat batteries do wear out, but they’re easy to forget. Remember to change your thermostat’s batteries at the start of the cooling season when switching over to AC. This helps you enjoy maintenance-free thermostat function the rest of the year, which is one less thing to worry about.
Schedule Your Annual HVAC Service
The prime time to schedule your HVAC maintenance is between the heating and cooling seasons. Not only will your HVAC technician ensure your air conditioner is prepped for summer, but he or she can also spot any issues before they become costly problems.
Get your AC ready for the cooling season. Call Brennan’s at 703-763-0399 to schedule your next tune up.
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