Get Spring Ready: 6 Steps for Preparing Your AC System

As we enter into the warmth of spring, it’s time to get ready for the shift in seasons.

As a homeowner, one crucial aspect of transitioning seasons is preparing your air conditioning system. Spring is the perfect time to get your system in shape. It’s important to take these steps now to avoid discomfort and potentially expensive repairs in the future. To ensure your AC is ready to keep your home cool when the temperature begins to rise, here are six essential tasks to complete before spring arrives.

1. Adjust Thermostat Settings

Start your AC preparation this spring by taking the time to adjust your thermostat settings for the upcoming warmer months. Set it to a temperature that is comfortable for you and provides maximum energy efficiency. Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat if you haven’t already. With the help of these advanced and convenient features, which include scheduling and remote access, you can maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner while reducing your energy use.

2. Clean or Replace Air Filters

Be sure to check your system’s air filters and clean or replace them if they are dirty. Over time, these filters accumulate dust and debris, which obstruct airflow and reduce the system’s efficiency. Clean filters allow for better ventilation and improve indoor air quality. If your filters are disposable, replace them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. For reusable filters, give them a good rinse or vacuum them to remove dirt buildup.

3. Clean Outdoor Unit

During the winter and into early spring, dirt, leaves, and other debris can collect on your air conditioner’s outdoor portion, also known as the condenser unit. The outside unit releases the heat from your home to the air outside. This buildup can obstruct airflow and put stress on the system. Examine the outdoor unit and remove any obstructions around it. Use a garden hose to rinse off dirt and debris from the unit’s exterior. When cleaning, be cautious not to damage the fins or other components inside. Next winter, consider covering the unit with a tarp to prevent debris from building up on it.

4. Check for Leaks in the Ductwork

Heating and cooling systems use ductwork to distribute air throughout your home. Leaky ductwork can significantly diminish the efficiency of your AC system by allowing cool air to escape before reaching its destination. Inspect your ductwork for any signs of leaks or damage. Look for loose connections, tears or gaps, and areas where ducts may have become detached. Use metal tape or duct mastic to seal any leaks to stop air loss.

5. Clear Vents/Registers

Take the time to clear any obstructed vents or registers throughout your home. Furniture, rugs, and other household items in front of or on top of vents can block airflow, stopping the flow of cool air and forcing your AC to work harder. By keeping vents and registers clear, you allow for better air circulation and more consistent cooling throughout your living spaces.

6. Schedule Professional Maintenance

Before the warmer months arrive, think about scheduling professional maintenance for your AC system. HVAC technicians can inspect, tune up, and clean your system to ensure optimal performance and reliability. They can identify and address any potential issues early on, preventing costly breakdowns and extending the lifespan of your AC unit.

Getting your AC system ready for spring will keep your home comfortable while maintaining your system’s efficiency. By following these steps, you can optimize your AC’s performance, improve indoor air quality, and potentially save money on energy bills. Don’t wait until the first heat wave occurs to address any problems with your air conditioner; take proactive steps now to ensure a comfortable spring and summer.

Ready to schedule your systems maintenance? Contact Hoot today! 410-658-6564