With summer fast approaching, now is the best time to prepare your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system for the warmer months. Here are a few tips to help keep your HVAC system running smoothly as the mercury rises.

Change Your Furnace Filter

Swapping out a dusty old filter is one of the easiest steps you can take toward keeping your HVAC system running smoothly. Dirty, clogged filters will impede airflow and spread contaminants throughout your home. It’s wise to check the status of your filter before running the AC in the summer, but in some cases, it could need changed as often as once a month. Check your furnace manufacturer’s recommendation on the proper duration and type of filter to use, or change as needed based on personal preference.

Clear the Debris from Your AC Compressor

Your air conditioning’s compressor unit (you know, the big box outside with the fan in it) is subject to the rigors of the changing seasons. Be sure that the unit is clear of any debris that may have accumulated over months of disuse. Any leaves, branches, or other unwanted materials should be cleared away from the AC unit to prevent damage and keep things running properly. Be sure to check inside for any debris that may be hiding in hard to reach places.

Fans and Window Treatments are Your Friends

Whether you have the ceiling or box variety, making use of fans will help circulate the AC-cooled air throughout your home. This simple step will keep your loved ones comfortable while helping to shoulder some of your AC unit’s workload. Remember to switch ceiling fans to clockwise rotation during the summer months to help push cool air downward, where it’s needed.

Likewise, hearty window treatments can help take some of the load off your hardworking AC. Use thick blinds and curtains in unoccupied rooms to help combat heat seeping in through windows. This simple measure can make a big difference on your home’s cooling costs.

Schedule Routine Maintenance Early

Scheduling an appointment with an HVAC professional now could save you a headache in the long run. If there’s an issue that needs addressed within your home’s system, it’s better to find out early than in the peak of summer heat. Schedule an inspection and tune-up to be sure everything in your system is working as it should and enjoy a stress-free summer of air-conditioned bliss.

Replace That Tired Old Unit

If you’ve been putting it off for years, this might be the best time to retire an older AC unit. Antiquated units are typically less efficient and could be adding money to your electric bill. An efficient modern system will not only run better but will add value to your home. Depending on your situation, replacing your old worn-out AC could actually save you money in the long run.