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Pro Tips To Prepare Your HVAC System for a Hot Chicago Summer

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While summer temperatures might only average 80º F in the Windy City, the high humidity in Chicago makes the need for reliable AC essential for all local families. That’s why it’s important for homeowners to optimize their cooling systems for optimal performance throughout summer. But how?

The HVAC experts at Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Cooling share some professional tips on how you can prepare your HVAC system for a hot, humid Chicago summer so you can beat the heat.

Change the Air Filters

One of the simplest yet most impactful things you can do is change the air filters. Over time, air filters can accumulate dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and other debris, impeding airflow and reducing your system’s efficiency.

By replacing or cleaning your air filters, you can ensure better indoor air quality while promoting more efficient, reliable system operation.

Clean or replace your air filters before turning on your AC for the first time. It’s also imperative that you continue to change your air filters regularly.

For most homeowners, that means changing them once every 90 days; however, you may need to do this more frequently if you have allergies or pets, or share a home with immunocompromised people.

Inspect the Outdoor Unit

Most air conditioners come with an outdoor condenser unit, which is exposed to the elements year-round, making it susceptible to debris buildup that can restrict airflow and lead to reduced efficiency.

Before summer, take the time to clear away any dirt, leaves, or other debris that may have accumulated around your outdoor unit during winter.

Clearing away debris helps promote adequate airflow, preventing overheating and potential system damage. For particularly dirty units, use a garden hose to rinse off any dirt or grime. Use caution when cleaning so as not to damage any delicate components.

Check the Air Vents

One of the most common causes of AC malfunction is a blocked or obstructed air vent. When air vents are clogged or blocked, it can disrupt airflow and lead to uneven cooling and increased energy consumption. As the temperature starts to warm up, inspect your vents and registers to ensure they’re open and unobstructed.

If you notice any dust or debris, vacuum it away to promote improved airflow. And if any furniture or fixtures are blocking your vents or registers, consider rearranging them to ensure proper circulation.

Test the AC System

It’s important to perform a test of your air conditioner before the scorching summer heat settles in, so you can ensure it’s functioning properly. Turn on your AC and assess whether cool air is evenly distributed throughout your home.

Check that cool air is blowing through all vents and registers in accordance with the temperature set on your thermostat.

If you suspect your system is struggling to produce cool air, there could be an underlying issue that needs professional attention. By having a cooling specialist evaluate your system early, you can avoid unnecessary disruptions to your home comfort on the hottest days.

Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance

While DIY maintenance tasks can help optimize your system performance, they aren’t a replacement for an annual AC tune-up. Professional cooling maintenance helps identify repair needs early, enhance efficiency, and improve reliability throughout summer.

Aim to schedule your AC tune-up at the end of winter or early spring to beat the seasonal rush and keep your equipment running properly.

If it’s been longer than one year since your last AC tune-up, contact Duane Blanton Plumbing. Offering exceptional service since 1988, we’re proud to be the preferred cooling specialist for Chicago families.

Schedule air conditioning maintenance with our team in Chicago by calling (815) 781-2567 today.

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