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The summer months can put a serous strain on your HVAC system. As the temperatures rise, so does the usage of your system, especially the air conditioning and dehumidifying units. In order to ensure that your HVAC system will run efficiently throughout the hot summer months, there are a variety of simple maintenance tips that can help keep your units running smoothly. Before the summer season gets too sweltering, make sure that you’ve completed all of these basic steps —either on your own or with the assistance of a HVAC professional— in order to best enjoy your property in the summer.

Upgrade the Thermostat: Purchasing a state-of-the-art thermostat can go a long way to cutting energy costs and keeping your home at an enjoyable temperature. While many models already have programmable thermostats that can schedule periods of lower and higher temperatures, newer models have wifi-access capabilities. These models can be accessed through any device with connection to the internet in order to lower or raise your home’s temperature. This feature can help you raise the temperature during the workday when no one is home in order to save on energy. It can also help your set the temperature cooler before your commute home so that your property is properly chilled by the time you arrive.

Replace the Air Filter: Air filters for cooling systems generally should be replaced every 1 to 3 months depending on usage. Before entering the summer season, be sure that your air filter is clean. A dirty air filter can cause a variety of issues, such as uneven cooling, allergen buildup, damage to the system, and reduced efficiency.

Clean and Check the Condenser Unit: Your property’s condenser unit is essential to keeping your home cool during the hot summer months. It removes the hot air inside of your home and releases it outdoors. Since the unit is located outside, it can easily become damaged by the outdoor elements. Airflow is essential to efficiency for a condenser unit, so clear the unit of any accumulated debris, such as leaves, sticks, and dirt. Be sure to check the condenser unit fan as well in order to ensure that it is working properly before the summer starts.

Dry out the Dehumidifier: Depending on the region that you live, a dehumidifier can be essential during the humid summer season. Dry out your dehumidifier before usage in order to ensure that there are no issues when you need it the most. Remove the outer casing on your unit to let any moisture evaporate, then clean the unit of any dirt or debris once it dries.

By simply taking a few, easy steps to properly maintain your HVAC system, your summer can become undeniably more enjoyable. You don’t even have to break a sweat by following these summer HAVC maintenance tips. Contact a trained HVAC professional if you require any assistance in order to ensure that your property is truly prepared for the heat of the summer months.