Spring is a season that many people like to “start fresh” with their homes. The long winter is finally over, and it’s a good time to perform any cleaning, upgrades or improvements that will make your home more comfortable, livable and efficient. One great way to do that is to make adjustments to your home that will make it easy for your heating and cooling system to operate to the best of its abilities. Today we’re going to help you do that by talking about seven spring home maintenance tips that will improve your heating and cooling system’s performance!
Spring home maintenance tips that will improve your heating and cooling system’s performance
- Schedule an air conditioner tune-up. The best thing you can do to ensure your air conditioner works great all summer long is to schedule a tune-up. During your tune-up, we’ll fix any problems that may have developed with your A/C since the last time it was inspected, and we’ll bring your system up to its peak performance and efficiency levels. This is the best way to avoid breakdowns this summer and keep your cooling bills low.
- Stock up on air filters. Your air filter should be checked and/or changed every single month. By stocking up on filters now, you’ll never be tempted to procrastinate on changing your filter because you won’t have to go to the store to buy a new one. To make things even easier, Jerry Kelly has an online filter store where you can purchase filters and have them delivered right to your door.
- Replace batteries in alarms. Spring and fall are the two seasons when you should change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This will ensure that those detectors will go off if your air conditioner begins to operate in an unsafe manner.
- Seal air leaks around doors and windows. Some people think that it’s only important to seal windows and doors during the winter months, but that’s not true! Air leaks will waste money all year long. During the cooling season, they allow cool air from your air conditioner to seep outside and warm air from outside to seep indoors. By sealing up your doors and windows with caulk and weatherstripping, you can keep your home more comfortable, lower your cooling bills and improve your family’s allergy symptoms.
- Perform spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is great because it allows you to declutter your home and make everything look fresh and new. It’s also a good way to improve your home’s air quality at the source, because you can remove dirt and dust from around your home that would otherwise get caught up in your home’s airflow and clog up your filter (or even worse, build up on your cooling system).
- Change the direction of your ceiling fans. If you changed the direction of your ceiling fans for winter, now is the time to change them back for the summer. Ceiling fans produce a wind-chill effect that make rooms feel cooler, which allows you to raise your thermostat setting in order to save some energy.
- Put drapes or curtains on exposed windows. The sun is a significant source of heat gain in your home if you have uncovered windows that face its rays. By installing drapes or curtains on windows that get a lot of sunlight, you can block out some of that heat gain and ease the load on your air conditioner.
If you have any questions about these spring home maintenance tips, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area air conditioner installation and repair contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Dardenne Prairie, Des Peres and Frontenac, MO.
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