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Preparing Your HVAC System for Summer

by | Mar 31, 2022

When the hot days of summer are here, it’s good to know your air conditioner is ready for the work ahead. As a homeowner, understanding your Grand Rapids, MI, cooling system and the importance of AC maintenance can keep things running at peak performance. 

These easy tips can help you and your family enjoy a cool, comfortable home all summer long.

Understanding Your Climate Control System and How It Works

HVAC is an acronym for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.” HVAC refers to the entire climate control system in your house. The thermostat, air ducts, refrigerant lines, furnace, fans, and outside condenser unit all make up your HVAC system.

The idea behind an HVAC system is that it moves air. To cool your home, the part of your system that you might call the “air conditioner” works by removing heat and venting it outside. Heat exits your home as the refrigerant cools the air blowing back inside.

Check Your Air Filters and Clean or Replace as Necessary

One of the most important ways to make sure your home stays cool is regular air filter maintenance. As your system runs, your filters can become clogged with dust, dirt, and allergens. Additionally, restricted airflow can undermine the ability of your air conditioner to cool. Clean air filters improve your indoor air quality and keep the air flowing freely.

Professional routine maintenance includes an inspection of your air filters to be sure they’re clean enough for air to flow through them. If you have reusable filters, they will be cleaned and reinstalled. If you use disposable air filters, they’ll be replaced. 

If your filters are very dirty, your technician may suggest a duct cleaning service.

Schedule a Yearly Professional Tune-Up

Similar to changing the oil in your car, scheduling regular AC maintenance can seem inconvenient. However, it can pay dividends in how your cooling system operates. Many AC contractors offer yearly AC tune-up services that include a thorough inspection of your system. 

An experienced technician can recognize and address potential issues before they become costly problems. Yearly tune-ups that keep your unit running efficiently can save money on your utility bills as well.

Maximize Your Cool Air

Overuse can lead to an air conditioner breakdown. Investing in high-quality window coverings like sun-blocking shades can help keep your home cool during the hot summer days. Using ceiling fans can also help your cooling system do its job effectively and more efficiently.

Consider an AC Upgrade

Air units that are oversized or undersized for your home can lead to frustration with their performance. In addition to that, if your unit is more than 15 years old, it might be more cost-effective to replace it. Newer systems are normally more energy-efficient than older models. This could result in lower utility bills and fewer breakdowns.

Call Us Today for a Cooling System Inspection

If you want to make sure your Grand Rapids, MI, home has an HVAC unit in top condition, reach out to the professionals at Lake Michigan Heating, Cooling, Plumbing today. We can help you get your air conditioner ready for summer. 

Give us a call, then relax and enjoy your cool air.