Summer is just around the corner, which means it is time for your springtime maintenance of your heating and cooling systems. Here are our top 7 summer HVAC tips for preparing your HVAC system for the warm weather:
1. Once a month turn on your air conditioner and/or heat pump
Doing this will keep it in good condition and make sure its functioning properly. Waiting to turn it on during the first heat wave put more stress on your system. Keep in mind that the air in cooling mode may not be very cold until the outside temperature warms up.
2. Change your filters
Depending on the filter type, it will need to be changed once a month, every 6 months or every 12 months. Changing your filters frequently helps improve the efficiency of your system as well as the indoor air quality in your home. If your filter is covered in dirt then it’s time to change it.
3. Schedule your annual maintenance
Having a professional technician perform an annual maintenance ensures that your HVAC system is running at full potential and efficiency. In addition, annual maintenance greatly decrease the chance of breakdowns and costly repairs.
If your ducts are cleaned and sealed properly, your system will run more efficiently in the warm months as well as save you money. We recommend getting your duct work professionally cleaned every 7 years.
5. Get any repairs done now
Getting parts or a technician to your home during the summer is not going to be as fast or as easy as any other time of year. Repair parts can be back ordered or out of stock and technicians usually have a full schedule of customers that are having the same issues you are with your system.
6. Add an air conditioner and/or heat pump to your system in the spring
If you are looking to add cooling to your system, it’s best to do it before summer. Prices may be higher during the summer months and you will probably have to wait at least a few days and up to a couple weeks to have a unit installed. Summer is the busiest season for the heating and cooling industry in the northwest.
7. Enroll in a Maintenance Program
If you do experience issues with your system during the summer, being a World Class Maintenance Plan with Miller’s gives you priority service and at a discounted rate. Plus you get your annual maintenance for free as well as many other discounts on services such as repairs, duct cleaning, duct sealing, etc.
Call Miller’s Heating & Air at 360-524-2880 (Vancouver) or 503-972-2434 (North Portland) to partner with your local experts in implementing these summer HVAC tips. With over 70 years of heating and cooling experience, you can feel confident that your HVAC system is in good hands. Our services include system maintenance, duct cleaning, duct sealing, repairs, installations and free in home estimates on new equipment. In addition, we offer 24/7 Emergency Services with our eight trained technicians on a rotating schedule.