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Prepare home’s HVAC systems for those warmer days

Spring is an ideal time to have HVAC systems inspected and repaired, if necessary. (Courtesy)

Spring is an ideal time to have HVAC systems inspected and repaired, if necessary. (Courtesy)

The arrival of a new season can be an exciting time.

Homeowners may have renewed vigor to start home renovation projects or even tackle some cleaning and organization tasks.

Before the weather starts to warm up too much (or more than it is now), homeowners may want to evaluate their home cooling needs and ensure that all equipment is in good working order.

Spring air conditioning inspections and tuneups are essential steps in system performance.

Homeowners should not take for granted that a system that performed optimally last year will do so this year when temperatures climb.

Various factors, including weather damage, dust and grime, mechanical wear and tear, and even rodent or insect infestations, can compromise HVAC systems.

Since HVAC systems have so many moving parts, a thorough inspection of such systems can save headaches and money down the road.

According to Heating Ontario, the extreme weather conditions that come along with fall and winter can be especially taxing on homes and the systems that keep them comfortable.

During a spring visit, an HVAC technician will perform maintenance on the air conditioner and make sure it is ready for the heat of summertime.

This maintenance may include cleaning the unit, checking controls, calibrating the thermostat, lubricating moving parts, checking refrigerant levels, tightening electrical connections, and clearing any clogs.

Homeowners are also urged to also change the filter at the start of the cooling season.

Correcting any issues in the HVAC system well in advance of the arrival of warm weather can help ensure comfort when air conditioning is needed.

As an added advantage, homeowners should install programmable thermostats if they do not already have them to keep cooling as cost- and energy-efficient as possible.