9 Steps To Take Before Turning On Your HVAC System

May 12, 2021Back to blog
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The end of the cold season and the beginning of summer is exactly the period when your HVAC unit stays untouched most of the time. The majority of homeowners simply wait to turn on the ventilation system when necessary and begin cooling their places. However, that’s not the case. There is a certain procedure to do before getting your system ready for summer which will ensure its proper functioning during the entire hot season.

1. Check the filters

Do you remember when exactly you checked the filters the last time? If not, it’s time to do it. The experts strongly advise cleaning the filters. How often they should be cleaned depends on the type of filters you use and how often your system is in operation. Make sure the filters are free of debris and other pollutants. This will ensure better airflow and will reduce the workload on your HVAC system. More than that, a clean filter is a guarantee of better indoor air quality. 

2. Change the filters if necessary

 It is recommended to change the filters from time to time. Experts advise doing it at least once in two to three months. However, this time period may vary. It all depends on certain factors such as: 

  • the size of your place, 
  • your health condition or 
  • the condition of family members, 
  • how often you turn on the system, 
  • whether there are pets and smokers at home or not. 

If any of your family members suffer from asthma, allergies, or any other respiratory diseases, you should consider the replacement of filters more often. 

3. Check the condition of thermostat

Nowadays, the majority of homeowners assume that the cooling system has to start its operation automatically once the temperature outside begins to rise. However, you have to verify your system first and make sure your equipment is working properly. Switch the thermostat from heating to cooling and remember to set the right degree which usually has to be a bit lower than the current indoor temperature. 

4. Verify smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, change the batteries (if necessary)

Do not ignore the safety detectors when checking your HVAC system; make sure they are in working condition. To that end, test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors beforehand using manufacturer guidelines. Check out the batteries used in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too. Consider their replacement, if necessary. 

5. Clear the space around the unit

Inspect the space around your furnace for a potential fire hazard. Make sure it is free of any foreign objects or flammable agents. Check the vents, too, and clear the debris if there are any.  Do not forget about air ducts. Make sure the entire system is safe to be turned on soon.

6. Inspect for leaks

Air leaks can become trouble especially for those who want to keep their place warm. As some of the air will escape to the outside, they will have to opt for a heater or some other movable equipment and spend extra for the bills. Don’t think it won’t bother you during summer; it can become even a bigger problem in the future if you neglect it. To prevent it, check the system for leaks. If you have observed any, try to fix it or call professionals to inspect and repair the system. 

7. Duct Cleaning

If the ducts are full of debris and dust, take the necessary measures right away. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Even if you do not see it, the dirt inside reduces the efficiency of the entire system. More than that, it affects indoor air quality and poses a major health hazard. 

8. Inspect vents outdoors

Have you observed that we are mostly focused on the inside of our home, right? And the exterior, as a rule, remains neglected. However, it is still a very important part of the HVAC system. Make sure it is free of any debris, too. It will ensure the proper functioning of the system, avoid overloading and, as a bonus, will reduce energy bills. 

9. Order professional duct cleaning service

If you don’t know whether your system is ready to work at its full capacity or not, call the experts. Preventive maintenance from Sem’s Duct Cleaning can help in prolonging the life of your HVAC system. Any equipment lasts longer if properly maintained. It will give you peace of mind; will guarantee high peak power as well as non-stop operation during cold or hot seasons. 

Final Remarks

Now you know what steps to take before turning your HVAC system on. Note that the transition period is the best one to take care of the system. Once the temperature starts rising, you will be glad to have made the right decision and will enjoy the comfort and pleasant cool in the heat of summer!

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When hiring Sem’s Duct Cleaning, you can be sure to receive the same quality of service on your first, second or tenth visit. Our reputation speaks for itself. Count on our professionals and, in turn, you will get a cleaner and healthier home whether you live in North York or Aurora!

Let Sem’s Duct Cleaning help improve your indoor air quality and allow your loved ones to enjoy the surrounding beauty and the breath of each coming season!

Check more information about Signs that an Air Duct System Needs Cleaning and about The Harmful Effects of Indoor Mold and Mildew.