While the temperature in Lorton, Virginia, is still on the chilly side, spring has officially arrived and summer is just around the corner. To ensure your HVAC system is ready to perform at peak efficiency and provide you with a comfortably cool home environment, complete the following four tasks before the temperature starts to rise.
Change the HVAC Filter
According to the Department of Energy, changing your heating and cooling system’s filter once a month can improve efficiency by 5 to 15 percent. Mark a day on your calendar to change the HVAC filter each month and stick to it. This is the easiest way a homeowner can cut heating and cooling costs throughout the year.
Inspect for Any Loose Electrical Connections
While you should leave electrical work to a professional HVAC technician, since it can lead to a fire hazard, there’s no harm in inspecting your heating and cooling system for any loose connections. If you come across a loose or frayed wire, contact an HVAC contractor right away. This could lead to dire consequences if ignored
Take a Look at the Condensate Drain
Another part of your HVAC system that you can take a look at without getting too technical is its condensate drain. If the condensate drain for your HVAC system becomes obstructed, it can lead to high humidity levels, water damage and, eventually, bacteria and mold. Yuck! To clear an obstructed drain, use a wet/dry vacuum.
Invest in a Preventive Maintenance Plan
Of course, the best way to ensure your system is always ready to perform at peak efficiency is to invest in HVAC maintenance. The benefits of investing in proper preventive HVAC maintenance include:
- Your HVAC system will operate better and lead to cost savings
- Your HVAC system will require fewer minor repairs
- Your HVAC system is not likely to experience major breakdowns
- Your HVAC system will last longer (up to 25 years)
For more information about preparing your HVAC system for warm temperatures ahead, consider the advantages of spring cleaning your air ducts or contact us at (703) 436-8028.