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How To Prepare Your HVAC System For Summer

It might seem counterintuitive to start thinking about your residential or commercial air conditioning unit before summer even starts. However, as winter starts sliding into spring, now is an ideal time to get your AC system ready for summer. Looking for some weatherizing tips and a pre-summer HVAC maintenance checklist? AAA Heating & Cooling’s contractors have the information you need.

How to Get Your AC Ready for Summer

Air conditioning maintenance is crucial to preparing your system for the warmer months. Standard, yearly maintenance increases the longevity of each component, enhances performance, and can reduce your overall energy costs. Performing summer-related system checks and focusing on air conditioning maintenance can further boost your equipment’s performance, enhance indoor air quality, and help prevent premature breakdowns.

Inspect and Replace Air Filters

The general rule of thumb is to replace air filters around every three months. Of course, depending on your home or office conditions, you might need to change filters more frequently. Investing in high-quality HEPA or MERV-rated filters can improve your indoor air filtration capabilities.

Check for Dirty and Clogged Vents

Vents assist in delivering cool, clean air throughout your residence or commercial property. If they are dirty, clogged, or damaged, your indoor air climate can be affected. In addition, dirty vents can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC unit. Inspect your vents and make sure they are clean and unobstructed.

Take Care of Your Ducts

Inspect and replace air filters every 3 months.Has it been a while since you’ve had your ducts professionally serviced? If so, it’s time to consider scheduling a complete duct system cleaning and inspection from a reputable heating and cooling installer. 

Our technicians are specially trained to perform comprehensive assessments and administer repairs to guarantee that your ducts and HVAC elements function at their peak.

Clean Up Around Your Outdoor Unit

If you have outdoor, packaged central air conditioning, chances are you won’t need to worry about an outdoor AC unit. However, if you own a split system, where the air conditioning cabinet is housed outside, you should ensure that the winter and spring weather hasn’t affected your cooling system. Remove any leaves, branches, pooling water, and other external elements, allowing your system to function unimpeded. Our HVAC specialists recommend at least two feet of clean space.

Plan Other Cooling Strategies

To extend the life of your heating and cooling system, you want to avoid overworking it. Use simple methods to assist your AC, like changing ceiling fans to rotate clockwise, investing in sun-blocking window coverings, and installing a programmable thermostat.

Schedule an In-Depth AC Tune-Up

There’s no better way to keep your energy costs low and your HVAC performance high than expert maintenance. Whether you are looking for a residential tune-up or a commercial upgrade, plan to schedule an appointment before summer hits. 

Our NATE-certified contractors are masterfully trained to service air conditioning units, promoting long life and high functionality.

Consider an Upgrade

Consider upgrading your HVAC system.Replacing your heating, cooling, and ventilation equipment might not sound like a money-saving investment, but if your unit is damaged or outdated you could be spending unnecessary dollars on repairs and elevated energy costs. Before summer arrives, reach out to your Portland and Beaverton HVAC services and ask for a complete diagnostic to determine if an upgrade is right for you.

Local HVAC Contractors in Portland and Beaverton

AAA Heating and Cooling is the leader in home and commercial HVAC needs. From recommendations on AC upgrades to performing routine maintenance, our contractors are dedicated to helping you. We proudly serve the Beaverton and Portland metro area, so contact us today to get your air conditioning in prime shape.