Summer in Chicago can be brutally hot. Without an HVAC unit, it can be practically unbearable. If you have an HVAC unit, you need to make sure you properly maintain it in order to prepare for the summer heat.
Here are 5 Ways To Make Sure Your HVAC Unit is Ready For Summer 2017
Your air filter might be the most important component to a properly running HVAC unit. It should always be the first aspect you check and make sure you know what type of air filter you have. If you have a disposable filter, you’ll need to replace it about once a month. If your HVAC unit has a permanent filter, you’ll need to do a thorough cleaning once a month as well. Keep in mind that pets or indoor smoking may cause you to clean your air filters more often.
Examine HVAC unit outside and keep clear
While this is technically tips for the summer, these guidelines should be followed year-round. This is especially true when dealing with outside units. You need to regularly check for any debris surrounding the area. In particular, you don’t want any plants or shrubbery growing near the HVAC, as it will only cause for more frequent cleaning.
Install programmable thermostat
At Patrick Mechanical, our goal is to provide quality service and expert advice as much as we can. That’s why we think it’s crucial to install a programmable thermostat. This helps regulate the temperature in your home in accordance to the weather outside, saving you money and reducing the workload of your HVAC unit.
Invest in high-quality window treatments
This one may be more obvious than others but bares repeating. Make sure you have window treatments to cover your windows! Using treatments such as blinds and drapes can dramatically reduce the amount of heat and light let into your house. This will allow the home to remain much cooler and the energy bill to remain much lower.
Clean Your Vents
The last thing you want in your HVAC unit are dirty vents. What’s the point of getting air circulated through your home if it’s filled with potentially harmful bacteria, dust, and pollen? Allergies are already bad enough during the summer months, no need to add to that problem. Make sure to check each of your vents for any dust or debris lingering inside them.
If you have other questions or concerns, feel free to call Patrick Mechanical today and we’ll be able to help you out!