It’s always a challenge to keep your heating and air conditioning systems running smoothly during the changing seasons. We rely on our HVAC systems to keep us cool in the summer and warm in the fall and winter. It isn’t easy to keep your Sterling HVAC system running at full capacity when the temperature is constantly fluctuating.
We may take it for granted, but this piece of machinery can become a massive burden if not properly maintained. Here at Cardinal Plumbing Heating & Air, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to ensure that your AC unit is in peak condition for the upcoming season. Here are some tips to help you care for your HVAC system in good working order.
Regularly Replace Air Filters
At the very least, your AC filters should be checked once a month. If you have pets, it is recommended that you check them every week. This will help to keep the air in your home fresh and improve airflow, preventing dust from building up on the coils.
Because we have all four seasons in Virginia, it is essential to take care of your system during each season. Have a licensed professional come out and check that everything is working correctly during the winter. During warmer seasons, be aware of sudden changes in the weather that may cause filters to clog quicker.
Don’t Overwork Your System
Keep an eye on the temperature in your home to ensure that your unit isn’t overworked. If it’s hot outside, use fans to keep cool without putting too much strain on your air conditioner. This will help your system run efficiently and prevent any damage or problems in the future.
Make sure you turn off your unit when it’s not in use or if you’re leaving for an extended period of time. This will help prevent damages (like leaks and electrical shortages) from occurring while your system isn’t in use.
Give your AC unit some time to cool down before turning it back on. Always leave enough time between turning on and off your HVAC system to avoid overworking it and causing any damage.
When you overwork your HVAC unit, the following things happen:
- The unit will have a shorter lifespan.
- You’ll be more likely to experience an unexpected breakdown.
- Your utility bills will be higher because the unit is running more often and has to work harder.
- Your home may not get as cold, even on the hottest days of summer.
- A poorly maintained air conditioning system can lead to mold growth in your ducts or other parts of the house, which can cause health problems for you and your family members.
Check Your Ducts for Blockages or Leaks
To improve airflow and reduce energy usage, you want to make sure that the ducts are not clogged with dirt or debris. This is a very easy and quick task that can have enormous benefits for your system.
If there are any holes in the ductwork, this will allow air to escape from your vent instead of going through your vents into other rooms. To avoid this, be sure that all vents and the connecting ductwork are properly sealed.
If the ductwork is clogged, this will restrict airflow and cause more strain on your system. It can also lead to mold growth in the vents, which could be very dangerous for you and anyone living in your home.
Fix any Electrical Problems Immediately
This is a no-brainer, but we must mention it! Electrical problems can be hazardous and should not be taken lightly. If you notice any electrical issues or have to replace a fuse, do so immediately and only when your system is turned off.
Be cautious of any problems with the wires in your thermostat or fan control panel. Don’t let this go unattended, since simple things like these can turn into more extensive and more expensive issues later on. This can also cause more strain on your system and potentially lead to further damage down the road.
Clean Out Any Debris on the Outside of the Unit
Virginia has some of the most scenic foliage in the country, which also means that it is essential during the fall to keep your outside unit free of any debris (leaves, dirt). Debris can affect airflow and cause your unit to overwork.
During the colder seasons, be mindful of any ice or snow build-up around your unit. This can affect airflow and increase energy usage since it will need more work from your system in order to function correctly again. Having clean vents allows for better airflow throughout your entire HVAC system, increasing the efficiency of your unit and lowering your overall energy consumption.
Have a Professional Inspect Your System Every Year
If you want to ensure that your HVAC system stays running efficiently all season long, we highly recommend having it cleaned by professionals at least twice a year.
A trained professional will inspect your system and make sure everything is running smoothly. This includes checking for any blockages, leaks or other problems which can cause severe damage if not properly taken care of.
While these tips are beneficial for anyone living in northern Virginia, they are especially critical for those in areas where temperatures shift significantly throughout the year. Our climate means that it’s important to keep your Sterling HVAC system operating efficiently, which these tips can help you achieve.
Keep Your HVAC Systems Running Smoothly
When you need a reliable HVAC company, look no further than Cardinal Plumbing Heating & Air. With our satisfaction guarantee and commitment to quality service, there’s no better option when it comes to heating and cooling services. Because we live and work in this community too, we know how important hard work and honesty are when it comes to your Sterling HVAC system – which means no matter what project or problem arises, you can rest assured that Cardinal Plumbing Heating & Air has got your back. Give us a call today at (703) 721-8888.