The spring sun is shining on Hampton, Virginia, and that means summer temperatures are right around the corner. Before you switch on your air conditioner for the season, though, you’ll want to tackle a few simple maintenance tasks to keep the system running smoothly all summer. Don’t forget these four spring HVAC maintenance tips:

Replace the HVAC Filter

One of the most important things you can do for your cooling system is to replace the filter regularly. At Kearney & Sons, we recommend changing the filter before turning on your air conditioner for the year. We also suggest replacing the filter every 90 days during the summer. By changing the HVAC filter regularly, you’ll improve air quality and keep your cooling system running efficiently, even on the hottest days.

Adjust the Thermostat

When you’re ready to turn on the air conditioner, you can simply switch the thermostat from heat to cool. But don’t forget to change the temperature settings to keep your family comfortable. We recommend programming a daytime temperature of 76 degrees and an overnight temperature of 86 degrees. To save energy, consider setting the thermostat to 86 during the day if the whole family is away.

Clean the Exterior Unit

You might not pay much attention to your air conditioner’s exterior unit, but it can have a big impact on cooling performance. Take a few minutes to remove leaves and twigs from the unit. Trim grass or shrubs to clear a small radius. Check the exterior unit every week or two throughout the summer to make sure it’s free from debris or growth that can reduce airflow.

Schedule AC Maintenance

Finally, complete air conditioner maintenance requires expertise and precision. Therefore, we always recommend leaving this part to a professional. Contact our experienced team to calibrate, clean and prepare your cooling system for efficient operation this spring.

Don’t neglect the coolest part of your home this season. Call Kearney & Sons at 757-269-9589 to schedule HVAC maintenance today.

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