6 of the Best Spring HVAC Tips
May 16, 2018
When it’s cool in the mornings, hot in the afternoons with a mix of rain and sunshine and unpredictable temperatures – you know it must be spring in Seattle! And we’re here to give you tips on how you can care for both your heating and cooling equipment this spring to help you save energy and money.
Schedule a Maintenance
We hear this all the time: “I can just do this myself.” We warn against DIY projects. And we much prefer the acronym, DNIY (Do-Not-Do-It-Yourself). Why? As we touched on in an earlier blog post, it can be dangerous and can actually cost you more money in the long run.
Spring is the perfect time for a maintenance. A maintenance performed by a professional, of course. A spring AC maintenance can not only help save you money, but it can improve efficiency of your equipment, keep it running smoothly, and also protect the health of you and your family. Not to mention, when your air conditioner is off all winter and your furnace is off all summer, it can limit the number of repairs and extend the life of your equipment. A part of the maintenance also includes changing the filter, removing obstructions around the exterior, and much more that a professional could help you with.
You wouldn’t drive your car 10,000 miles without changing the oil. The same goes for your HVAC equipment!
Reprogram Your Thermostat
Consider setting your thermostat for maximum energy savings this season. Give your furnace a break, it’s worked hard all winter long! As the temperatures rise in the spring, your home is already being naturally heated. You can save money by reprogramming your thermostat to a lower setting. The less you use your furnace in the spring, the more you’ll save on next month’s heating bill! Score!
You can set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature, one that will keep you comfortable with the unpredictable Seattle spring temperatures.
Next Up: AC!
Yes, it’s time to prepare your air conditioner. During the winter, you probably didn’t think much about your AC unit. You probably forgot what AC even was. But there are things to remember before just turning it on after a couple seasons.
First, you’ll want to vacuum the coils to remove any dust or debris that may have accumulated. Second, clean or change your filters! This will allow adequate air flow. And remember – a monthly filter change will improve the efficiency of your unit and increase the overall life of your unit.
Seal The Leaks
Seal any and all air leaks around your doors and windows, especially when you have your air conditioner running! Air leaks will burn a hole in your pocket, wasting money all year long. During the spring and summer, they allow the cool air from your AC to seep outside and the warm air from outside to seep in. This causes your air conditioner to have to work harder to keep your house cool, which in turn causes skyrocketing energy bills. No one wants that!
We encourage that during the warmer months, you put drapes or curtains on exposed windows. The sun is a primary source of heat gain in your home, especially if left uncovered. And while you have your AC running, you might still walk into your home on a hot summer day and be wildly disappointed. Much like leaks in the windows and doors, your air conditioner has to work much harder if it’s put up against a 27 million degrees sun!
Don’t Be Left in the Cold
Much like you don’t think about your air conditioner in the winter, you don’t think much about your furnace in the summer. We get it. But don’t forget to still schedule annual maintenances on your furnace, even when it’s not in use. This will help ensure that when the cold temperatures do hit the Pacific Northwest, you’re not left in the cold.
In the hot summer months and in the cold winter months, issues with your HVAC equipment will be the last thing you want to be worrying about. To ensure your units work all year long while saving you money, schedule a maintenance and follow our tips for a smooth season with your heating and cooling equipment.
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Since 1987, Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning has served tens of thousands of happy customers in the Puget Sound region. All of our service technicians are factory-trained and certified which is just one of many reasons why you should choose Brennan. We offer general maintenance's for air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, tankless water heaters, and other products. Brennan is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.