When winter finally loses its grip in Alberta and the summer sun starts beating down, you are going to be ready to turn on that air conditioning. When making the switch from heating to cooling, there are a few things that you are going to want to take care of to make sure that you are doing it the right way to ensure that it doesn’t cause any problems or wear out any parts of your HVAC units.
Tips for Managing Your Heating and Air Conditioning Swap-Out in Spring
Switching between heating and cooling should not be a problem for your HVAC system (even if you are going back and forth in one day) if you are on top of your maintenance. Furnace cleaning, furnace inspections, air conditioning cleaning, and air conditioning inspections are all important steps to keeping your units functioning and to keep furnace repairing or replacing costs low.
Furnace cleaning consists of an HVAC company conducting an annual inspection of the vent system, intake, heat exchangers and the blower. All the pieces are cleaned of dirt, dust, debris and blockages. This will increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling. Dirt will cause cycles to run longer and work harder and will affect the air quality of your home. Air duct cleaning will also help keep the dust and dirt under control and can be performed every two years or as needed.
While you should have a professional inspection and maintenance performed once a year, there is maintenance that you can perform yourself that will help keep everything in proper functioning condition. You should check and change your filters often. It will be different for each home depending on the level of dust and if you have pets since their fur and dander will get sucked into the air exchange, but quarterly is a good rule of thumb.
Another item you can check off yourself is to check your thermostats. They can stop working and need to be replaced. If the thermostat is set and reading a certain temperature and you are still uncomfortable in your home, it may be time to replace them. You can also clean and maintain the blower on your own. Anything that passes through the filter goes to the blower. Using a damp cloth, you can wipe everything down after removing the panel. When switching from heating to air conditioning, it is a good time to perform these simple maintenance steps as well as when you switch back to keep everything running smoothly.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
When making the switch to air conditioning in spring, there is some maintenance that you should do to keep your unit running in top condition. Maintenance will increase airflow, lower cooling costs, reduce dust levels and save on future system repairs. Remove your air conditioner cover that you used to protect the unit during the winter and remove any debris, leaves, and twigs that accumulate. In Alberta, you need to keep an eye out for poplar pollen and ensure that you clean the unit during the summer as well. A professional air conditioner cleaning will go in around the evaporator coil and check for cracks and leaks in your unit.
Book Your Furnace & Duct Cleaning Appointment Today
Furnace and air conditioning maintenance and cleaning will help lower your heating and cooling costs and extend your HVAC system’s lifespan. When switching from heating to cooling in the spring, it is the perfect time to book your appointment with an HVAC company. Call Clean Air Solutions today to get a free quote for your furnace or air conditioning service from industry-leading experts in Edmonton, Alberta.