Summer is a wonderful time of year, when millions of Americans will plan cookouts and vacations in celebration of the warmer weather. However, the warmer weather may not be as welcome if you find your HVAC system in need of replacement or repair. Get ahead of the summer heat by taking a few precautions in preparation for the season.

Check and Replace Filters

The filters on your heating and air system help to remove small particulates and debris from the air that circulates throughout your home. Over time they can become clogged, which forces your air conditioning unit to work harder than it should in order to maintain a comfortable environment throughout the home. This causes the unit to suffer more wear and tear than normal and can create the need for more frequent repairs. It also raises the energy cost of cooling your home, which can increase your monthly expenditures. Replacing filters regularly helps to keep repair and energy costs low, while keeping your house cool throughout the summer.

Keep Doors and Windows Closed

While everyone enjoys a good summer breeze, opening your doors and windows to allow the fresh air in, also means letting the cool air out. This forces the air conditioner to go through more cycles than it should as it attempts to maintain the temperature of your home. This causes additional wear and tear on the unit, due to the fact that it’s having to work harder and more frequently than normal to cool the living area. It also causes an increase in energy consumption, which creates additional costs. Make sure to keep all windows and doors closed when the air conditioner is running in order to save energy and keep costs low.

Schedule a Check Up

Air conditioners and people have something in common in that they both benefit from regular checkups. Just as you would go to your doctor to check on the health of your body, an HVAC technician helps maintain the health and function of your HVAC unit. A regular check up helps to fix small problems before they become larger and helps to extend the overall life of the unit. They’ll tune up your unit and help return it to its optimum operating condition as well as recommend future maintenance and schedule necessary air conditioning repair.

These are just a few tips you can use to improve and extend the life of your unit as we move into the summer season. By following this advice, you’ll be able to remain cool and comfortable as you enjoy your summer activities. For more information on HVAC maintenance for your home, contact our offices in San Jose, CA and let us know how we can help you. We have the experience and expertise necessary to solve your HVAC needs and are certain we have the right solution for your home. We also have solutions available for commercial HVAC installations and can repair or replace the units used to cool your business.

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