Spring is almost over in Canada, and summer is right around the corner. The average temperature in the summer can go up to 35°C, especially in the Edmonton region. Therefore, you must ensure that your HVAC system will operate at maximum capacity after the long winter run and keep your home cool and dry. You don’t want to come back after a long drive in the summer sun to your home feeling like an oven, and the last thing you want is to wait for an emergency HVAC repair service to get the problem fixed.
With high temperatures and humidity levels reaching 55 percent, you want to feel comfortable and relaxed in your home or apartment. When it comes to your home’s HVAC systems maintenance, there are certain tasks that you should carry out each season. While some tasks may be similar, most are unique to each season. This is because of the different weather conditions and the functioning differences in each HVAC unit.
Read this blog to learn about some valuable tips that can help you prepare your HVAC system for the summer. But before starting, make sure you don’t try to solve any problem yourself as a lack of knowledge and proper tools can be disastrous.
Repair The Damaged Pipe Insulation
The indoor and outdoor units of your HVAC system are connected through a large copper wire. This wire, called the suction line, is one of the most common maintenance problems you can face in your HVAC system. Any damage to the suction line’s insulation will result in the cooling level required for the outdoor unit to fall.
Direct sunlight, high humidity, insects, and pests can all damage your HVAC system’s insulation. Call a maintenance expert before summer arrives to complete all necessary maintenance tasks.
Clear The Outdoor Unit & Surrounding Area
Usually, the HVAC system’s outdoor unit requires a minimum of three feet of space to be clear on all sides for efficient operation. You need to ensure that trash or any debris is completely removed from around its outdoor unit. Also, clear away mulch or tree branches gathered around the base as well. Always ensure that there is no pile-up of grass clippings near the outdoor unit after lawn mowing.
Clean The Condenser Coils
Depending on the position of your HVAC system’s outdoor unit, trash such as food waste, vegetation, and other debris may become lodged inside its condenser coils. The outdoor unit of your HVAC has grille-like sections responsible for transferring heat while the unit is running. A clog-up in these sections means that it will not be able to transfer heat effectively. Exposure to the high heat of summer can cause the dry debris in these coils to become a fire hazard.
You need to regularly check the condenser coils and clean them with water when required.
Replace Your Air Filters
Your HVAC system’s air filters need to be replaced depending on how frequently you use its cooling system. It is recommended to replace the air filters after every three months for the system’s efficient function. In case you haven’t changed yours at the end of the last summer season, now is the right time to get that replacement, if needed.
Dirty filters, compared to clean ones, require more energy to circulate the same amount of air. This leads to your HVAC system working inefficiently, resulting in early breakdowns, which could be terrible in the summer heat.
Clean filters also prevent the build-up of harmful contaminants such as pollen and dust in your ventilation ducts. These contaminants may cause difficulty in breathing and general discomfort indoors, resulting in severe damage in many cases. Therefore, you must check your filters regularly.
Schedule A Duct Cleaning
While no evidence suggests dirty ducts can lead to issues with your HVAC system functioning, we still recommend that you schedule a duct cleaning. Thorough duct cleaning will help prevent the build-up of excessive dust, dirt, and grime that will be difficult to clean if left for a longer time.
Regular maintenance and cleaning ensure a comfortable summer for you and your family due to your HVAC’s effective cooling process. It will also help save your money by preventing permanent damage to your HVAC and multiple repair costs.
At Nor-Can Heating & Air, we provide 24/7 emergency HVAC services to ensure your heating and cooling systems work properly throughout the year. Whether you’re building a new house or need to repair the heating or cooling system in your old house or office in Edmonton, contact us today for personalized service.