Preparing Your HVAC System for Warm Weather
Now that the weather is finally heating up for summer, it’s important to take stock of your current HVAC system to see what maintenance or updates should be done. While you’ve probably already turned on the A/C by now, it’s still a good time to perform maintenance so that your system doesn’t break down in the middle of August when you need it most.
If you’re considering building a new system or replacing leaky pipes, one thing to consider is the number of weld points you’ll have in the new system. Each weld point creates a greater potential for leaks over time. Instead, look for tubes and pipes that are bent as needed rather than joined. The longer the pipe can extend without welds, the better it will hold up over time. While many people may be unaware of other options, HVAC pipes can actually be bent to accommodate building structures and existing systems.
In addition to reducing the chance of leaks, bending pipes rather than welding them also makes them easier to clean – which is important in an HVAC system. Since dust and dirt can build up and circulate through the air, it’s crucial to design a structure that improves flow and prevents build up. Ports can be added to the system later as needed, so that shouldn’t be an impediment when making a selection.
If after inspecting your cooling system everything seems to be in working order, remember that filters and other components still may need cleaning and replacement. Give every single piece a thorough once-over before considering the job done.
With the right maintenance and material selection, your HVAC system should run smoothly for a very long time. But if you do notice any room for updates, address those soon before they become an issue down the road.