The summer months are getting closer, so it’s important to prepare your HVAC system for the changing seasons. Proper preparation of your AC/heating unit not only improves its efficiency but also extends the life of your equipment. An HVAC technician can visit your home and make the necessary adjustments to ensure your system is well prepared for the summer season. Here are several tips on getting your HVAC unit ready for the summer.

Change Your Air Filters

One of the simplest ways to prepare your HVAC system for summer is to change or clean your air filters. Dirty air filters can decrease the efficiency of your system, forcing it to work harder and consume more energy. It is recommended to check your filters monthly, and change them at least every three months or sooner if dirty.

Schedule a Professional Maintenance Check

A professional HVAC technician can thoroughly inspect your system and identify any issues that may impact its performance during the summer months. GVEC’s HVAC Spec Check maintenance program includes semi-annual visits that include cleaning coils, lubricating moving parts, checking refrigerant levels, inspecting electrical connections and more. Scheduling a maintenance check before summer can help you avoid potential breakdowns and ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency. Our conscientious technicians at GVEC Air Conditioning & Heating would be happy to help.

Clean the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your system is responsible for releasing heat from your home. Over time, dirt, leaves, and other debris can accumulate around the equipment, reducing its efficiency. You can prepare your system for summer by clearing out any debris surrounding the condenser. An HVAC professional can perform a more thorough cleaning by hosing down the unit to clean the coils. Keeping your unit clean will help maintain optimal airflow for your air conditioner.

Check for Dirty Vents

Another way to prepare your HVAC system for the summer is to inspect your vents to see if they are dirty. These air vents can get filthy over time, which makes it difficult to keep your house feeling comfortable. Staying proactive by cleaning your air vents before summer arrives can help you avoid any issues and make it easier to cool your home.

Get a Professional to Inspect Your Ductwork

Your ductwork is responsible for distributing cool air throughout your residence. Over time, ducts can develop leaks and become clogged with dust and debris. An GVEC HVAC technician can inspect your ductwork for any visible damage and let you know if any replacement is needed.

Don’t Forget to Test Your Thermostat

Your thermostat controls the temperature settings for your HVAC system. It’s a good idea to let an HVAC professional calibrate and test your thermostat, as they can set it to a lower temperature and observe how the system responds. If your system is not cooling effectively, it may be time to replace your thermostat with a newer model. GVEC sells and installs several smart thermostat models including Nest® and Ecobee.

Consider Making an Upgrade

Proper maintenance can keep your HVAC equipment working for a long time, but you’ll eventually need to consider making an upgrade. Most air conditioners will last around 10 to 15 years before you will need to make a replacement. An HVAC technician can inspect your entire system to determine if you can benefit from replacing your unit.

At GVEC Air Conditioning & Heating, we’ve offered outstanding heating and cooling services to customers throughout South Central Texas since 1968. We have offices in Gonzales, Schertz, Seguin, La Vernia and Cuero, and we serve all surrounding areas. We can handle your installation, maintenanceand repairs. Meeting all the needs of each customer is a top priority. Contact GVEC Air Conditioning & Heating today to schedule HVAC services for your home.

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