When the weather begins warming up, you'll have a lot to do around the house and your property to make sure you are ready for those hotter days that are quickly approaching. It's easy to forget something important when you already have so much to do. Here is a list of some of the things you want to be sure you do when it comes to your home and its HVAC system.
Check all the weather stripping
You should check the weather stripping around the whole house before you start using your air conditioner. This is something you can do on your own that will help you hold the right temperature inside of the house and stop you from wasting money and making the cooling unit overwork.
Remember that all of the doors that go outside will have, or should have, weather stripping. When it gets old, it needs to be replaced. Also, windows that open and close will have it. You can buy it at the store.
Remove the old weather stripping, clean the surfaces and allow them to dry, then apply the new. There are different types, so read the instructions.
Clean all you can on your own
There are some things that you need to clean before using the air conditioning. Take a feather duster to all of the vents in the house. If there is ornery dust and dirt on the vents, then you can remove them, soak them in some hot soapy water, let them dry, then put them back in place.
Some have bolts you can just twist off, while others will have screws that require screwdrivers. Don't forget to clean or replace the filter. If your compressor is on the ground, it needs about three feet of space around it, so clear out all growth of foliage of any kind.
Have the system serviced
Once you have done everything mentioned above, then the next thing you are to do before using it is to have an AC services tech come to take care of the things that they do during annual servicing calls.
They will come to make sure you have no leaks going on in the vents and you don't have any parts giving out or that have already broke. They will also make sure belts and hoses are good since they are generally some of the first things to have issues, and they will clean the unit.
In some cases, this service visit can include them cleaning the ducts, depending on how long it has been since the job was done.