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5 Ways to Prepare Your HVAC System for the Summer

Published: June 17, 2020

It’s getting hot! Is your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system up for the challenge? Make sure to use these 5 ways to prepare your HVAC system for the summer:

Change or Clean the Air Filters in the Air Conditioner

Depending on the type of system you have, you should change the air filter every one to three months, no matter the time of year. If your HVAC system doesn’t use disposable filters, then you’ll need to clean them. Spring is a good time to do some air filter prep so your HVAC system is ready for the switch to summer—and air conditioning. These filters catch all kinds of airborne allergens, dust, and other debris. In addition to allowing contaminants into the air you breathe, dirty filters cause your HVAC system to work harder to force air through. And that can shorten the life of your AC and increase your energy bills. If you have to troubleshoot air conditioning problems, the filter is a good place to start.

Inspect the Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

If you cover your outdoor air conditioning unit for the colder months, uncover it before you turn it on. Inspect it for any external damage. Clear overgrown plants and brush so the unit has a few feet of clear space around it. Clear away any debris, like trash, twigs, nests, and insects. Make sure the vents and other openings are free of obstructions and dirt.

Test Your AC— Before You Need It

You probably know someone who turned on the AC that one crazy hot day and got absolutely no relief. They were stuck sweating and waiting for an HVAC hero. Don’t be that guy! Test your AC now—before you need it. Turn it on and make sure that cool air comes out of the vents and that it has good air flow. Make sure that the temperature you get is the one you set.

Reset the Thermostat on the Air Conditioner

You might think seasonal HVAC prep is all about the heating and cooling units, but don’t forget about the thermostat. You’ll use it to test that your AC runs properly. But this is also the time to recalibrate any automatic settings. For example, maybe you keep the temperature at 68 in the winter, but would want it warmer for the summer to save energy. Adjust your auto settings appropriately for the season.

Have an HVAC Tech Perform Air Conditioner Maintenance

It’s a good idea to have an HVAC technician inspect your system and perform any necessary maintenance annually. They will make sure that the system runs properly, check the electrical setup, and inspect the outdoor air conditioning unit, among other tasks. Annual HVAC maintenance is another way to make sure that you minimize unexpected issues when you switch over to AC for the season.


Wait! You don’t need to hire an HVAC technician for the annual turn-on because you’ve always been good with these kinds of tasks? Maybe you have what it takes to enter the profession. At Charter College, you can train to enter the HVAC field in as few as 10 months. We offer the HVAC program at our Anchorage, Lancaster, Lacey, Pasco, Vancouver, and Yakima campuses. iFill out the form now and we’ll answer any questions you might have.