Home Tune-Ups: How to Ready your House for Spring

Home Tune-Ups: How to Ready your House for Spring
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    Spring is one of the best seasons of the year.

    It has nice warm weather, the trees and the flowers start to come alive, and you can finally open the windows in your home to let in the nice, warm, and fresh air.

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All of the dark and dreary nature of winter is gone and new life emerges. Spring cleaning has long been a tradition that many people follow. It’s a time to take down curtains, clean out the cobwebs and clean the home from top to bottom. While you may be thinking about dusting and sweeping, there are other things inside your home that are far more trivial in importance. Your HVAC systems will be keeping you cool for the next few months, so you need to ensure that it is in top shape for the busy upcoming season.

Extending The Life of Your Unit

You have a sticker to remind you that you need to change the oil in your car around every 3,000 miles. However, many people don’t stop and consider that their HVAC system also needs to be serviced. The average lifespan of a unit is around 10-15 years. There are many outside factors that can extend or lengthen that time frame. One of the first things any certified technician will tell you is that preventative maintenance is as important to your unit as changing the oil in your car.

The HVAC System Needs Filter Changes

What happens if you don’t change the oil in your car? First, it begins to turn from the brown color to a dirty black from all the debris circulating around. The oil will start to smell, as it is old and no long efficient to do its job. Lastly, a car that doesn’t have the oil changed will eventually stop working. The oil is there to remove impurities from getting inside the engine. When it is no longer able to do its job, the engine suffers and will eventually cease to operate. The HVAC system has the same principals.

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The Power of Preventative Maintenance

Talking with Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Company, we found that a preventative maintenance cycle needs to be done two times each year; one in the heating season and one in the cooling. During this session, the technician will change the filter, which is vital for removing the impurities from the system. Also, they will do some testing to make sure there is sufficient refrigerant and that the unit is in good working order. A system that is properly maintained will last up to 75 percent longer than one that isn’t serviced. Additionally, a unit that is inspected will likely last the entire season without a mechanical failure.

If it’s Not Broke Don’t Fix It Mentality

Many people think that because the HVAC system is still running that nothing is wrong, but that isn’t necessarily true. If you use the "out of sight and out of mind" philosophy; you will end up having a unit that isn’t working on the hottest day of the year. Have you had your unit serviced yet?

Home Cooling reference:

Heating and Cooling – HVAC

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