Summer is almost here. Is your HVAC system ready?

The first official day of summer is June 21, which makes now the perfect time to start preparing your HVAC system to cope with the heat ahead. For most people in Phoenix, summer also means higher energy bills, but with a little maintenance, you can help to combat the heat and keep your system running as efficiently as possible. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare your HVAC system for the summer and the heat it brings:

#1. Replace or clean the filters.

The first and easiest maintenance task you can perform is to replace or clean your system’s filters. There are essentially two kinds of filters: disposable filters and permanent filters. Depending on the kind of filters your system utilizes, you’ll either need to clean them or replace them completely when they start to get clogged with dirt and other debris. In general, you’ll want to either clean or replace your system’s filters once a month, but if you have pets or you smoke, you could benefit from cleaning or replacing them more frequently.

#2. Ensure that your unit has the maximum amount of airflow.

Check the area outside around your unit for debris or plants that are blocking or cluttering your unit’s airflow. To keep your system running efficiently, it’s important to maximize its airflow by keeping the area around your unit clean and clear of debris. Make sure to remove any sticks or leaves that have built up around your system, and if any overgrown shrubs or plants start encroaching on your unit, keep them trimmed back.

#3. Get your ductwork inspected.

Although it’s often overlooked, the ventilation is one of the most important pieces of your HVAC system. If there are leaks or other common problems in your duct system, it could cause a decrease in your system’s efficiency, regardless of how new or efficient your air conditioner might be. In fact, ductwork leaks could lead to as much as a 20 percent increase in your energy bills. Having a professional come out and inspect your ductwork can alert you to leaks so that you can get them sealed.

#4. Make sure all of your vents are open and clear.

Regardless of how hard your air conditioner is working, if your vents are closed, or there is furniture or other things blocking them, the cool air will never reach you. And since your system was designed to keep your whole home at a consistent temperature, closing or blocking your vents will only cause your system to work harder to force air out into your home. Go through every room of your home to make sure that each vent is open and clear.

#5. Call in a professional for maintenance.

Before the summer begins, it’s always a good idea to have a professional inspect and maintain your system. Proper maintenance is a key piece of HVAC efficiency, but the benefits go far beyond just improving efficiency. HVAC maintenance helps our technicians to catch small issues before they can turn into expensive repairs, and it also helps to extend the life of your system. There are multiple ways that HVAC maintenance can help you save money.

Prepare your HVAC system for summer with Integrity Air Conditioning and Heating.

Just because summer is almost here, it doesn’t mean that you are doomed to pay high energy bills for the next few months. With professional HVAC service from Integrity Air Conditioning and Heating, your system will be ready to handle the summer, no matter how hot it gets outside. We offer free estimates and competitive rates. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.