Spring is in the air in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Have you prepared your HVAC system for the change of seasons? After working hard to keep you and your family warm all winter, it’s time to switch gears and make sure the same HVAC system will keep everyone comfortably cool when the warmer weather arrives. Paul’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. has prepared a checklist below to ensure your home is ready for spring.
Start by Changing the HVAC Air Filter
The air filters in your HVAC system collect and trap dust, dirt, and other particles that can be harmful for you and your family to breathe. After a few months, however, the filter can become overfilled with debris to the point where it becomes inefficient. When that happens, your HVAC system must work harder to cool or heat your home. Unfortunately, that means higher utility bills for you.
We recommended changing your HVAC air filter every three months or at the start of each new season. Our service technicians are just a phone call away if you do not know how to remove the old air filter and insert a new one.
Consider a Programmable Thermostat
When you are gone from home several hours a day, running your air conditioner at a low temperature only increases your cooling expenses. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature to remain low while everyone is gone from the house and then gradually reach your preferred temperature about an hour before the first person arrives home. This simple step could save you approximately 10 percent on your heating and cooling costs each year.
Check on the Condition of the Outdoor HVAC Component
Once the snow and ice have finally melted, we recommend taking time to clean up around the outdoor component of your HVAC system. Make sure that no leaves, twigs, or other yard debris became trapped in the unit last fall before you put the cover on since that could affect its efficiency. You also want to sweep around the unit and remove the cover for the season.
Schedule an HVAC Preventive Maintenance Appointment Now
Spring is an especially busy season here at Paul’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. with many customers scheduling preventive maintenance and repair appointments every day. The last days of winter are an ideal time to schedule a tune-up for your HVAC unit before our schedule fills up, and you have to wait longer than you would like for an appointment.
The benefit of a late winter or early spring preventive maintenance for your HVAC unit it that it will be well-prepared to meet the cooling demands your family places on it this spring and summer. Here are just some examples of parts of your air conditioner our technician will check during your preventive maintenance appointment.
- Coils and condensate drains
- Refrigerant levels
- Blower motor
- Air filter
- Test your programmable thermostat if you have one to ensure the entire unit operates efficiently.
Another important benefit of HVAC preventive maintenance is that it can save you from paying for costly repairs later. These appointments allow our technicians to locate and correct problems before they malfunction and possibly cause you to need to replace the unit prematurely. Give the team at Paul’s Heating and Air Conditioning a call today to help keep your home cool this spring and summer season 608-784-0751.