Summertime is on its way, and the punishing New Mexico heat is coming with it. Your HVAC system will make the difference between a comfortable home and a sweltering prison. While you may not have needed to turn down the thermostat much through the autumn and winter, spring will give you the first hints of what you have to contend with when summer is back in full swing.
Inspect before you turn it on
If your air conditioning unit has been turned off for a long period of time, you shouldn’t just switch it on without looking it over. If there are exterior vents, for example, it is very important to determine if any foreign objects or foliage have made their way into the vents. Opening it up and taking a look inside to make sure that the cold months didn’t create any exterior water leakage or accumulation in the system is also recommended. If you need any help with these tasks, making an appointment with a professional may be in your best interest.
Ensure clean filters
Whether your particular system uses permanent or disposable filters, operating a system with a dirty filter can be a risk both to the integrity of the mechanical system and the health of your family. Many factors determine how often you will need to clean or replace your filter, some systems will need this routine maintenance performed on a monthly basis, but it is certain that after a long idle season the system needs to start fresh with a clean filter.
Do a trial run
Before operating your system for a long period of time, remember to perform a function check. Turn on the unit at a fairly low setting, but one where you would be able to feel the difference in the air coming out of the vents. Use the palm of your hand to feel the airflow and determine how long it is taking the unit the change the temperature to what is indicated on the thermostat. An excessive time to cool the airflow or an inability to reach the desired temperature be an indication of a deeper problem with the system.
If you have any more questions about how to get your AC system ready for summer contact your Albuquerque air conditioning specialists here at Thompson Heating and Air Conditioning!