Summer is just around the corner and before you know it, the spring weather will be replaced with the hot Alabama temperatures. Alabama’s summer temperatures can reach triple digits with averages into the 90s. Now is the time to complete tasks like changing your air filter and maintaining your HVAC unit to prepare your Birmingham, Alabama, home for the upcoming summer weather.
Change Your Air Filter
Ideally, you should change your HVAC filter at least once every 90 days. However, households with pets or homeowners with allergies may benefit from changing it more frequently. In order to prepare for the upcoming summer weather, it is a good idea to change your air filter now.
Your home’s air filter catches dust, debris, and other pollutants that can reduce the efficiency of your unit. Without proper airflow, the air conditioning unit will struggle to effectively cool the house. Additionally, spring and summer months can bring pollen and other allergens and a clean filter can help to keep these particles outdoors.
Maintain the Exterior Unit
The exterior unit can be subject to wear and tear during the cooler months. Rain and heavy winds can cause debris to build up around the exterior of the unit. The spring weather can bring an overgrowth of weeds and plants that can cover part of the exterior unit. Now is the time to do a visual inspection of your outdoor unit. Remove any debris or growth from the unit. It can also be useful to turn off the unit and spray it down with a hose to remove any extra debris.
Schedule Your Preventative Maintenance Appointment
Most HVAC units require two preventive maintenance appointments each year, one in the fall and another in the spring. During your spring maintenance appointment, your technician will inspect the working components of the unit. They will complete a full tune-up while also performing any necessary cleaning tasks. Not only can this appointment help to effectively cool your home but it can also reduce your cooling costs while extending the life of your unit.
Schedule an Air Duct Cleaning
Your home’s air ducts can also affect air flow. If the air ducts have a build-up of dust and other debris, then the cool air from the air conditioning unit has a harder time making it into your home. Additionally, any dust or debris that sits in the air ducts is pushed into your home’s air, reducing the air quality. Over time, your air ducts can also become separated or bent, obstructing the air flow in your house. Scheduling a professional air duct cleaning ensures that you are able to comfortably cool your home while keeping dust outdoors.
Identify Cooling Problems
Now is the time to identify any cooling problems within your home. If you noticed uneven temperature spots in your home last summer, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. More complicated cooling issues can take longer to repair and you don’t want to suffer the upcoming heat without efficient air conditioning in your house. Alternative systems like air cleaners and dehumidifiers can help correct many cooling problems in the home. Our professionals can inspect your home and offer solutions to your unique home concerns.
Set Your Programmable Thermostat
Scheduling your programmable thermostat ahead of time is one of the best ways to manage your household cooling costs while also ensuring a comfortable interior temperature. Dropping the thermostat even a few degrees while everyone is away from the house or sleeping can reduce your monthly costs significantly. Additionally, scheduling an increase in cool air before the day gets too hot can help your unit keep up as the outside temperatures rise. Many smart thermostats also allow you to create a schedule that changes by the day, allowing you to schedule for weekdays versus weekends.
You can prepare for the humid Alabama summer by changing your air filter, setting up your preventive HVAC appointment, and identifying any cooling problems ahead of time. Completing these steps will ensure that you have a cool and comfortable home that is ready for the first hot day of summer. Call Skelton Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration today at 205-277-6055 and we can help you get your home ready for the Alabama summer season.
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