It’s official, Greeley. Spring has sprung, and before you know it summer will be here. With the arrival of summer, will come all the things we love about summer—cookouts, swimming, hikes, soaking up the warm weather…you know, all the things that we love. While our list of summer loves may differ slightly, one thing they all have in common is that no one enjoys having to call their local HVAC maintenance company to come and repair their AC. Not only does this mean you won’t have a cool and comfortable place to escape summer’s oppressive heat, but it also means that you will have to fork out some money on account of all the necessary AC repairs.

Let’s avoid all of this, Greeley. Let’s take the proactive approach and give our HVAC systems all the necessary maintenance and TLC they need before summer’s sweltering heat arrives. Sound good? Excellent. Here are 5 ways you can make sure that your HVAC unit is ready to take on the summer:

Change the Filter

Regardless of whether your AC uses a disposable filter or a permanent one, it must be clean. If dust and dirt have built up and is restricting cool air from circulating, this is causing your AC to work harder and, therefore, less efficiently—i.e. it’s using more energy and costing you more money. Begin your summer HVAC maintenance by inspecting this filter. With disposable filters, they should be replaced at least once a month. The same goes for cleaning permanent filters. Get in the habit of giving them a thorough clean once a month. Additionally, if you have lots of pets or you are a smoker, you may need to do this more often.

Clean the Area

If there is any debris or objects near your HVAC unit, this can interfere with its ability to function. This is why it is important—before your AC unit starts working overtime to keep you cool—that you go outside and inspect the unit. Things to look for include branches, plants, leaves, dirt, and anything else that is touching the unit and potentially causing blocks. 

If you were a little lazy with your fall clean up, be especially vigilant with leaves. Similarly, after you complete all of your spring cleanings, be sure to check your drain lines and confirm that they didn’t get accidentally buried. As a general rule, most heating and cooling companies recommend keeping the area within two feet of your HVAC system completely open.

Clear out Vents

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realize they need HVAC repairs until they receive their first bill. This is why we suggest firing up your AC beforehand and paying particularly close attention to how it runs and how much energy it seems to be using. When performing this inspection, thoroughly examine the ductwork. Check for cracks, leaks, and holes. Unattended leaks and holes can raise your bill by as much as 20 percent. If you spot any issues, seal them and make sure all areas of connection are tight. If you need help, contact your local AC repair contractors. Good AC repair companies will be more than happy to come and inspect your HVAC unit—here in Greeley, we at Comfort By Nature are always happy to provide a thorough inspection!

Update the Thermostat

Want to get the most out of your AC unit? Of course you do. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this. To really make sure your HVAC unit is ready to take on summer, consider installing a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. This is one of the best things you can do to optimize your efficiency and cut your energy bill. Programmable thermostats, for example, allow you to develop tailored schedules that adjust for when you aren’t home. Not only will this new efficiency help you save money, but it could also preserve your AC by stopping it from working harder than it has to.

Get a Professional HVAC Inspection

Whether you feel a little shaky about your ability to carry out your HVAC services or you simply don’t have the time to perform this maintenance, ring up your local HVAC maintenance company. A licensed HVAC contractor, like Comfort By Nature, can provide reliable, professional, and superior HVAC services, giving you peace of mind and comfort all summer long!

Call us today to schedule your summer AC maintenance!