While it may seem like this cold weather will last forever, the truth is that it will be over before you know it. In just a few weeks, it will be time to turn on the air conditioning to get relief from the burning summer heat. Here are three AC servicing tasks you should tackle during the winter. That way, you can make sure your HVAC system is ready to handle Florida’s steamy summer weather because it’s just around the corner.
1. Perform a Thorough Inspection
Have a professional HVAC technician perform a complete inspection of all the components in your HVAC system before you use them. Doing so can ensure that any potential problems are addressed quickly and efficiently. You can then turn on your cooling system with confidence when needed, knowing that it will work well for you during the hot summer months.
On the other hand, a complete inspection may show that your system needs to be replaced. If this is the case, it’s best to do the replacement job right away. HVAC companies are not as busy during the winter as they are during the summer, so you should have no problem having a new HVAC unit installed in a timely manner.
2. Change Your Filters
The U. S. Department of Energy notes that changing clogged, dirty air filters can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 percent. You only need to change your filters once every three months if you don’t have pets; however, homes with one or more pets or with people who have breathing problems may need to change filters every 20 to 60 days.
3. Clear the Area Around Your HVAC Unit
Consider one more often-overlooked AC servicing task: Don’t allow grass, bushes or trees to come within a 1-foot radius of your unit. If you notice debris, grass or brush around your unit, clear it away to prevent HVAC problems and to ensure your unit will run efficiently both now and in the future.
It’s all too easy to take your HVAC unit for granted until you turn it on one hot summer day and discover that it isn’t running well. Thankfully, you can drastically reduce the odds of this situation by following the tips outlined above. At Cox Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer heating and AC servicing, repair and maintenance to meet any homeowner’s needs. If you need professional maintenance, are considering investing in a new HVAC unit or have an issue that needs emergency repair, contact us at your convenience to have one of our NATE certified technicians examine your unit and offer personalized, expert advice and assistance.