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Keeping Your Cool This Summer

Be prepared for Summer this year, maintaining your AC Unit shouldn’t be something you should have to worry about in the middle of Summer. Be ahead of your Unit by getting it running efficiently from the first day of Summer to the last in Santa Clara County.  HVAC systems consume up to 30% more energy if not maintained, which can send your utility bills through the roof in the heavy-use season.

Here are the 5 main things you should do while preparing AC Unit for summer:

  1. Filter Maintenance and Cleaning

The filters in your HVAC system suck up dirty air particles such as dirt and dust, inside your home and from outside to produce quality air. Washing your filters can ensure that your HVAC produces quality air and it keeps your Unit running smoothly. Changing your air filters regularly is recommended once a month in seasons of heavy use. Clogged filters lead to decreased cooling and higher electricity bills.

  1. Air Flow Leaks and Obstructions

Checking for gaps or obstructions are essential, as a consumer there are many things that you can check on your own to see if there are things that you can find that has your HVAC unit running low. Making sure that, if you own a fireplace that the damper is closed. It’s important because cool air can escape through the damper and it keeps your HVAC running and compensating for the lost air. Checking walls, doors and windows for cracks and leaks can let in warm drafts and leak cool air out of your home, sealing these up can make sure that all the cool air your HVAC system uses stay in your home. Not knowing where to check is okay, General Plumbing has HVAC Contractors that are here for our Santa Clara neighbors with assisting you in your home comfort.

  1. Compressor and Coil Maintenance

For outdoor units, the maintenance can be a bit tedious, but it is 100% worth it. Cleaning up the dirt or plant matter like leaves or twigs can ensure that none of that gets into the system and damage it. If your outdoor unit isn’t kept clean it can put an extra amount to stress on the system and cause overheating and reduce the lifespan. Cleaning the coils is something that both outdoor and indoor systems should be done, dirty AC coils can hinder the efficiency and raise energy costs.

  1. Preparing your Thermostat for Summer

Test the thermostat and furnace system controls to see if they are working properly, especially the starting cycle. Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that allows different temperature settings to be automated throughout the day. Smart thermostats can kick on before you reach home from work, remaining off when no one is home, to prevent energy wastage. Some thermostats can also be controlled from a smartphone, so you can monitor and select your settings on the go.

  1. HVAC Repair and Maintenance

At the end of spring, it’s a good idea to call in a professional HVAC technician to check and service your system. Our certified technician can tighten the electrical connections, check fuses and circuit breakers and replace any worn wiring. Our certified technician will check and recharge refrigerant levels, since excess or too little refrigerant can affect performance. Our certified technician can also lubricate moving components, check for damage in hoses and condensate drains, etc.

In Santa Clara County we have already started to have Summer-like days even though we still have a couple more weeks till Summer has officially started you should prepare your HVAC system ASAP waiting till the last minute can result in you suffering unnecessary discomfort. Schedule with one of our technicians to see what the best steps for you and your home. Our technicians pride themselves in providing a 100% customer satisfaction. Contact us today! Phone: (408) 757-5860 or email:



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