HVAC Summer Maintenance Best Practices

As summer temperatures soar in Myrtle Beach, ensuring your HVAC system is in top condition becomes crucial for maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home. At Beach Air HVAC, we understand the importance of a well-maintained system to keep you cool and your energy bills in check. Here are some best practices for HVAC summer maintenance to help you beat the heat and enjoy a worry-free season.

1. Schedule a Professional Inspection

Before the summer heat hits its peak, schedule a professional HVAC inspection with Beach Air HVAC. Our trained technicians will perform a comprehensive check of your system, including:

  • Inspecting and cleaning coils
  • Checking refrigerant levels
  • Examining electrical connections
  • Testing thermostat accuracy
  • Lubricating moving parts

A thorough inspection ensures your system runs efficiently and can prevent minor issues from turning into costly repairs.

2. Replace or Clean Air Filters

One of the simplest yet most effective maintenance tasks is replacing or cleaning your HVAC system’s air filters. Dirty filters can restrict airflow, causing your system to work harder and use more energy. Ideally, you should check your filters every month and replace or clean them at least every three months. If you have pets or suffer from allergies, more frequent changes might be necessary. Worried about what your pet hair can do to your AC filters? Read the blog here.

3. Clean the Outdoor Unit

Your HVAC system’s outdoor unit (the condenser) can accumulate dirt, leaves, and other debris, which can dwindle its efficiency. It’s important to add clearing that winter debris into your summer maintenance list. Keep the area around the unit clear by:

  • Trimming back any vegetation at least two feet
  • Removing leaves, grass clippings, and other debris
  • Gently washing the unit with a garden hose (ensure the power is off first)

This helps maintain proper airflow and ensures your system operates efficiently. Remember to check your outdoor unit regularly after rain storms or heavy winds.

4. Check the Thermostat

Your thermostat determines how active your unit is in your home. Ensure your thermostat is working correctly and is set to an optimal temperature. Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat if you haven’t already. These devices can automatically adjust temperatures based on your schedule, helping you save energy and stay comfortable.

Also, avoid setting your thermostat to extreme temperatures. Aim to keep your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature, typically between 72°F and 78°F.

5. Inspect Ductwork for Leaks

Leaky ductwork can lead to significant energy loss and uneven cooling. Not only that, but it can also lead to more major problems down the line. You should inspect your ducts for any visible signs of wear and tear at the beginning of the summer. This can include any visible holes or gaps. Sealing leaks with duct tape or mastic sealant can improve your system’s efficiency and ensure consistent cooling throughout your home. If you’re unsure, our team at Beach Air HVAC can perform a professional duct inspection and sealing.

6. Keep Vents Clean and Unobstructed

Ensure all air vents and registers are clean and free from obstructions. Dust and vacuum them regularly to prevent buildup that can restrict airflow. Avoid placing furniture or other objects in front of vents to allow air to circulate freely.

7. Use Ceiling Fans to Assist Cooling

Ceiling fans can help distribute cool air more effectively, allowing you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. This can not only save you a bit on your energy bill but also keep the air flow moving throughout your home. Make sure your fans are rotating counterclockwise during the summer months to create a cooling breeze.

8. Stay Informed and Prepared

Stay informed about potential HVAC issues by paying attention to any unusual sounds or changes in performance. This can be anything from strange smells to complete lack of cold air. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to contact Beach Air HVAC for professional assistance.

Summer Maintenance with Beach Air HVAC

By following these summer maintenance best practices, you can ensure your HVAC system operates efficiently, keeping your home cool and comfortable throughout the hottest months. At Beach Air HVAC, we’re committed to providing top-notch service and expert advice to help you get the most out of your HVAC system. Beach Air HVAC are your trusted local HVAC technicians ready to take on any problems you may have year-round. Learn more about how we can help or give us a call at 843-796-3798 for a consultation.

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