How to Prep Your HVAC for Summer

HVAC Summer Prep

Warmer weather in the Red River Valley brings a whole new set of challenges to your HVAC system. As gears shift outdoors from the cooler temperatures in our Midwest region to the warmer, more humid environment we dream about in the winter, its important to factor in how the changing seasons affect your buildings equipment. Get your HVAC system prepared to beat the heat this summer with these tips.

Proper Ventilation

Part of making sure your equipment is ready to take on the summer heat is to ensure that your airflow is top-notch. Excellent airflow = a happy HVAC system. Why? When you have clean filters and ductwork, it helps your unit run at peak efficiency because it is not having to work double-time to pump air through a clogged system. This also helps to improve efficiency, lowering your energy bills, and allowing your equipment to last longer.

Dirty air filter. Clean air filter.

How do you get your building’s ventilation in good condition? Replace filters as often as needed. We say this because some systems will need to work harder than others, depending on factors such as your building’s surroundings, level of occupancy and seasonal allergens.

For example, let’s say your building is the working environment for 200 people that is right next to the interstate highway, where construction occurs all summer long. Your filters are most likely getting clogged faster than a pet-friendly three-person office located on the second floor of a downtown building.

Ducts before and after cleaning.

Clean ductwork also helps to improve airflow. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, ducts should be inspected annually and cleaned every 4 to 5 years. An added bonus to having a clean system is improved indoor air quality. This means less opportunity for microbial growth, allergens, and pollutants, making for a healthier working environment.

System Age

Some things get better with age. Unfortunately, your HVAC system is not one of them. Before the summer sun hits hard, know whether or not your air conditioner can handle it, to avoid a system breakdown that will call for an expensive emergency repair.

An HVAC technician performs a maintenance check

Typically, in residential or light commercial facilities, air conditioners have a lifespan of 15 years. If your unit is in a larger space with more foot traffic, like a shopping mall or a bar and grill, the system is likely to have a shorter lifespan because it’s working harder to maintain optimal comfort levels.

We recommend beginning to do your homework on replacing a unit around the 10-year mark. Even if it has a few years left in it, systems become less efficient as they age and yours could be costing you more in utility bills; a replacement may make more sense than keeping it.

Equipment Service

Next on the list for an HVAC system ready to take on the summer preventative maintenance. Having a professional service your equipment on a regular basis helps to ensure things are running as efficiently as possible. This also gives your trusted expert an opportunity to catch any potentially big problems early on so a fix can be made, helping you to avoid system failure and an expensive emergency repair.

At Custom Aire, we offer maintenance programs that are as flexible as you want them to be. Our Energy Savings Maintenance Agreements (ESMA) help to decrease downtime and increase the reliability and overall life of your equipment. Whether you’re a restaurant that needs monthly or bi-weekly service to maintain a hardworking system, or your facility is a smaller office on a tight budget looking for bi-annual or annual maintenance, we’ve got you covered. Learn more about our service options and contact us to request a custom ESMA proposal today.