The temperature outside is heating up which means your home might be getting a little warm and stuffy. Time to turn your air conditioner on. HVAC units are not often used for air conditioning in the colder months of fall and winter so your system might have been off for a while. Because of this downtime, it is important to prep your HVAC system for the dog days of summer to ensure your family’s comfort all season long. Learn more on how to go from winter to summer for your HVAC system below.

How To Prep Your AC System

The warm and even hot temperatures are upon us. Before you jump up to turn your AC unit on and cool the house down, make sure you have taken the proper steps for it to run in tip-top shape after a long winter hibernation.

1. Change The Filter

The filter in your air conditioning unit is vital to remove airborne particles like pollen, bacteria, and even viruses. Remove the old filter and replace it with a HEPA or MERV filter that is compatible with your system to get the full benefits of air filtration. It is best practice to change the filter every 2 – 3 months depending on if you have pets or if your location is particularly pollen-heavy.

2. Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit

During the cold months, we often slow down on yard work. Leaves and overgrown shrubs or grass might be surrounding your HVAC unit outside of your house. It is important to make sure the area around your unit is cleaned of debris. Cut the grass, rack the leaves, and trim back bushes. This will ensure that your system is free to operate properly with efficient airflow.

3. Check The Insulation

Looking at your unit outside, there should be insulation on the coolant lines that go from the unit to your home. This insulation should be in good shape without cracks, fraying, or even just missing. If the insulation has been damaged or fallen off, give Service Tech, Inc a call to repair or replace it. 

4. Check The Air Vents In Your Home

Check the air vent intakes and outtakes. Make sure that no furniture is blocking them and clear them of any debris. Remove the vent covers and rinse them off of dust and replace them. Also, check that the vents are open and angled properly to send the cool air into and around the rooms.

5. Schedule Maintenance Service

Schedule any maintenance service before it gets too hot and your family is sweating and uncomfortable in your home. Contact Service Tech, Inc. for air conditioning maintenance and repair in and around the Birmingham area.

Be Ready For Summer With Service Tech, Inc.

Keeping your air conditioning unit in proper working order is easy if the right steps are taken. Service Tech, Inc. has been in the HVAC business for over 30 years and our experts work professionally to complete service in a timely manner. In case of an emergency during these hot summer months, we offer 24/7 service. Just contact us today!