How Should Homeowners Prepare Their HVAC System for Spring?

Apr 8, 2022

Although it feels as though winter will never depart us here in Ohio, Spring will be here before we know it. Most of us feel ready for spring to commence, but what about our homes? To not stress ourselves out with some procrastinated spring cleaning, we should begin moving in the direction necessary to improve our home conditions for the spring season. At New Albany Heating & Cooling, we would value to support you in this process through recommendation and service in any way your residence may demand.

What are the Perks of Keeping Doors and Windows Shut?

Now let’s suppose it’s a beautiful spring day. What’s the first thing you’d like to do while relaxing in your home? If your answer is to open up your windows and doors to invite some fresh air, you are not the only one! This reaction is characteristic of us humans, and while this action may seem like a fabulous way to save on energy expenses, keeping the doors and windows open can raise a few problems. First off, when allowing in the spring air, you also let in allergens. Allergens can plug up your nose and your air filter as well. Also, letting in that warm, moist spring air can stress your HVAC system. While making it harder for your system to withdraw moisture, your HVAC’s efficiency will decline as your energy costs rise. No Thanks!

Why is Testing My Air Conditioner Important?

Early spring is the perfect time to test your air conditioner before Ohio’s humidity impacts our lives. You don’t want to put this off until you are toasting away in your home only to learn your air conditioner isn’t operating as well as it ought to. When giving your AC a promising test run, let it run for about half an hour; there are a few things to remember when looking for signs of malfunction. The first is suitable airflow. Make sure none of the vents are obstructed. If the airflow feels staggering and unproductive, there may be an issue with your AC. Next, listen closely to any noises coming from the AC cabinet. If you hear anything noteworthy, such as hissing, knocking, clicking, scraping, or screeching, our New Albany Heating & Cooling specialists should study it further. Lastly, evaluate the air distribution. Are all of the rooms cooling down appropriately? Some rooms may appear inherently warmer, but if you encounter any unique “hot spots,” it may be time to give us a ring. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or worries when going through this checklist. We are here to assist!

Why is a Clean Air Filter Important?

There are numerous reasons to maintain a clean air filter in preparing for spring. The first is reasonably straightforward; a clean air filter means clean air indoors. As you can guess, your air filter accumulates various dust, spores, hair, dander, and other undesirable particles that get distributed through your air conditioning system. You don’t want leftover debris floating around your home, breathed in by you and your loved ones. Switching out your home’s air filter guarantees your home to have cleaner, healthier, and fresher air for the forthcoming season. Cleaner air promotes not only good health but also a more sanitary household. Last but not least, a clean air filter permits your HVAC system to operate more smoothly and effectively, preventing the struggle of needless trouble and costs. Thus, it’s imperative to inspect your air filter at least once a month.

Why is Clean Condensation Piping Important?

As the warmer temperatures approach, receiving service calls for a water leak or obstructed condensate drain line is relatively standard. However, air conditioning businesses become very occupied during the warm/humid Ohio weather; it is in your best welfare to think about your home’s future and look at this service as a preventative before it becomes a requirement. At New Albany Heating & Cooling, we are happy to service your home’s system, but there are also some steps you can take yourselves while you wait for assistance. First, if water is leaking/flooding from the condensate line or drain pan, urgently turn the system off. We also recommend you look for any obstacles and clean up any leftover water as much as possible. Lastly, give our specialists a call! PVC piping is standard for a condensate line, but it can jam up quickly over time without proper inspection. You’d be amazed by some of the things we can discover: clogging up your drain! In some circumstances, ee see the entire piping hasn’t been correctly installed or conducted, which is not preferable for you or your home’s HVAC system!

What is the Importance of Clearing Obstructions Around the Outside of the HVAC System?

An Air Conditioner found outside your home is exposed and vulnerable to the outdoor elements. In addition, as the freezing temperatures disappear, plants and vegetation flourish. Thus, you must check your unit at least two times a month and clear any loose vegetation and debris so your home’s system can adequately do its intended purpose. We also suggest your HVAC system be absent of any standing vegetation growing within two feet of the unit, permitting your air conditioner to pull in the air it requires to preserve the temperature within your home.

Why is it Important to Schedule Routine Maintenance?

While we examined some things you can execute to ready your home for spring, at the end of the day, it is still in your best interest to have your HVAC unit inspected by an expert. There is always the potential for human error, but it is less likely to occur when done by someone educated and experienced in the area. Additionally, they will be able to take a more detailed look at your system by inspecting connections, taking readings, and checking refrigerant pressures. A skilled professional can also speculate better whether there is a possibility for future concerns affecting your home’s HVAC unit. 

As a homeowner, we get the need and want to maintain a thriving and attractive atmosphere within your home. While we have a lot of information at our disposal, we don’t want you to feel overcome by it all. We are here and ready to help guide you along your way in preparing your home for the spring weather. Call New Albany Heating & Cooling today at (614) 636-5002, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We are eager to hear from you!