Ways to Make Sure Your HVAC Unit is Ready for Summer

May 29, 2018 | Cooling

With summer approaching, now is the time to start thinking about the things you can do around the house to help keep your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, or HVAC, at its peak.When your home and your HVAC unit complement each other, you can save money on your utility bill. If you’re trying to avoid replacing your unit, you can help keep it going for years to come by making sure it’s not going to be overloaded or overworked unnecessarily. You can also enjoy a much more comfortable home at the perfect temperature, no matter what the thermostat reads outside.Here are 8 ways to ensure that your HVAC will be ready to endure this Maryland summer…

1. Focus on the Filter

The first thing to check when it comes to your HVAC unit is your air filter. Depending on your system, you may need to use a disposable type filter or a more permanent one. With a disposable filter, it’s essential to replace your air filter at least once a month. Other types of filters need to be thoroughly cleaned roughly once a month in order to keep things working effectively. You may need to clean or replace your filters more frequently if you have pets in your home or are a smoker.Once you’ve got a fresh or newly cleaned air filter, your HVAC won’t have any dust or dirt blocking or restricting the cool air from circulating freely throughout your home. If you aren’t sure where you filter is…what kind you need or how to replace it just give Contemporary Air Systems a call and we can help you out!

2. Keep Outdoor Areas Clear

If applicable, the next thing to do is to go outside and examine your HVAC unit. You want to make sure the area is clear and free from debris. If there are any plants, branches or other items that are blocking the area or touching your air conditioner, you need to clear it away. Make sure you do not grow any shrubbery too close to the unit.This also means you must make sure all leaves are removed completely away from the appliance, especially during the autumn season. While we are discussing how to prepare your HVAC for the summer, this is a task that takes year-long proactive treatment. If you choose to wait until spring to clean everything away, material that has been collecting in the unit all year long may be stuck between different parts of the HVAC interior, making it difficult to thoroughly and completely clean. A good rule of thumb is to have an open space of around two feet surrounding your HVAC to avoid debris getting inside of the machine in the first place.

3. Use a Programmable Thermostat

One of the best things you can do to help with your energy bill is to install programmable thermostat. Thanks to technology and even bluetooth, It is possible to customize your air conditioning schedule when you aren’t home.Depending on the weather and your personal schedule, you can make adjustments to the temperature you keep on the inside of your house. If you know you’re not going to be home, you can schedule your unit to turn off or let the indoor temperature rise a little. Not only does this help you save money, but running a climate controlled schedule can help prevent your air conditioner from working too hard during the warmest months.

4. Maximize Air Flow With Fans

Positioning several different kinds of fans throughout your home can make a huge difference in the comfort and feel of the air inside. You have a couple of different options here: ceiling fans, tabletop fans, and floor fans.Some of the best things you can have throughout your house are ceiling fans. Make sure your ceiling fans are set to rotate clockwise during the summer. This way, the air can flow downward, preventing excess heat from rising up into the higher levels of your home and making your air conditioner have to pick up the slack. When the weather begins to cool off again, you can reverse your ceiling fan to spin the other direction.Additionally, you should have other types of smaller fans throughout your rooms in order to maximize the cool air that runs through your house. Smaller tabletop fans and floor fans are easily moved from room to room and cool extremely effectively.

5. Utilize Window Treatments

If you have a lot of windows throughout your home, you may have noticed that the indoor temperature can rise significantly due to the sun penetrating through the glass. Your air conditioner then has to kick into overdrive in order to combat the quick heat up in the afternoon.One way to battle this phenomenon is to invest in high quality window treatments, such as blinds or drapes. Putting window coverings over larger, sun-exposed areas can help prevent the afternoon buildup of heat that normally takes place in the summer months.

6. Clear Out Your Vents

Your HVAC unit can only work at its best if there are no obstructions to the flow of air inside of the walls of your home. Beyond having a professional go through the entire duct system, there is one easy way to check to make sure there are no visible blockages.What you can do yourself is walk through your home and examine each vent. Clear out any dust or debris and make sure the vents in the rooms you want to use your air conditioning are open. This can help your HVAC get an even amount of coverage throughout the square footage of your property. This is basic maintenance that can improve the function of your HVAC, but if you still see issues you might have to call us to find the deeper problem.

7. Reduce Heat From Other Appliances

Next, it’s a smart plan to avoid using big appliances that generate heat throughout the day. If you’re cooking a large dinner, instead of assigning the job to your oven, consider using an outside cooking source like your grill. Turning on the oven can add to the extra warmth of your home and push your air conditioning unit to the limits.Additionally, instead of throwing all of your laundry into the dryer only to have that appliance’s heat push the temperature of your home up even more, try hanging your clothes to dry outdoors. Let the sun help you rather than hinder you, and your clothes can have that fresh smell of sunshine.These practices are not only great for promoting the health of your HVAC system, but you will also see significant energy savings too.8. Consider Updating Your UnitIf you’ve tried all of these tips and your HVAC unit is still not sufficiently cooling your home, it may be time to invest in an upgraded system. An older unit may actually be costing you more money each year due to cooling loss and excess waste. The systems we carry and install from Bryant Heating and Air are super energy efficient and help lower energy bills.

8. Summer-Proofing Your HVAC

When summer arrives this year, you want to be prepared to enjoy the warmer temperatures and longer days. If you take the time to do your own check up and add simple home enhancements to help your air conditioner, you can keep your HVAC unit running more efficiently. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our Home Comfort Club and have us come out and inspect and test all of your systems parts to make sure they are working properly.

These easy tips can keep the cool air flowing and your family feeling comfortable, no matter how high the temperature rises outside in the hot summer days. These tips can also lead to more money savings throughout the rest of the year–who doesn’t love that?

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Eric Davidson
Eric Davidson
02:20 29 Nov 18
I will begin this post by noting that I did not purchase a system from Contemporary Air only because they did not sell the make and model I ultimately wanted. I dont submit many reviews but I felt it was necessary to credit Michelle and Rick on their honesty when helping me narrow my choices. They made it crystal clear that the expensive systems other dealers were pushing were unnecessary and I should keep it simple. When you are in the market for HVAC services, I would certainly reach out to the professionals at Contemporary Air Systems.read more
Brenda McCarthy
Brenda McCarthy
19:59 27 Nov 18
From the first time I called Contemporary Air until the final install was complete the service was outstanding. Michelle handled all the scheduling and was even able to move our appointment once our current HVAC system started really acting up. I was happy about that! Rick and his crew showed up on time and were very professional and helpful in explaining the system they would be installing (Bryant 3 ton heat pump system). My husband and I were both surprised that it only took one day to complete. The job is very neat and tidy and by that I mean all wires are taped and not hanging, PVC pipe is secure and not flapping around, all debris was cleaned up. We are very happy with the installation, price, product and customer service. My husband and I both would highly recommend Contemporary Air!!!read more
Alana Gaffney
Alana Gaffney
16:11 21 Nov 18
Wow! Fast, friendly, knowledgeable, considerate. Day before Thanksgiving and my family woke up to 56 degrees! Was able to get an appointment at a reasonable cost in just a couple of hours. But, Michelle asked a few more questions and walked me through some preliminary diagnostics, saving me time, money, and cold toes! She called me back just when she said she would (2×) to be sure everything was up and running. The next time something goes wrong, and it will, this will be the family I trust to keep my family warm.read more
Meredith McArdle
Meredith McArdle
02:57 14 Nov 18
Great company! They installed HVAC and continue to service yearly. They are easy to get ahold of to schedule. Everyone is polite and they explain everything.read more
Eleanor Kendig
Eleanor Kendig
20:59 13 Oct 18
Contemporary Air Systems did an excellent job on installing our new Bryant HVAC System! I had several estimates from other Companies but kept going back to Contemporary Air. Rick and Michelle ( the owners) were so easy to work with ; they complement each other ( Michelle is on top of all the paper work, the BG&E rebate and the registration) , Finances etc. and Rick knows exactly how to get the job done the correct way without missing any small detail.Their installers Aaron and Justin were polite and perfectionist ! The number #1 reason we picked Contemporary Air is we felt we could trust them completely and they did not disappoint! Thanks again Ellieread more
Stanford Mumford
Stanford Mumford
19:11 24 Aug 18
Contemporary air systems replaced my 49 year-old heating and air conditioning system. The work was efficient Timely and very very satisfying. Their technicians are courteous and very considerate of your home. The only complaint I had was Ithe replacement was unreadable for me. The installation was on Friday and a replacement thermostat was delivered promptly on Monday morning. I am thoroughly happy with every aspect of their work and highly recommend them.read more
Ralph J Picarello
Ralph J Picarello
05:03 16 Aug 18
Contemporary replace 17 year old furnace and AC. Michelle kept us up to date and somehow put a rush on the job. The last heat wave was terrible. Rick came out and explained the whole process and also was helpful with helping us pick out the right system. Everything was installed and running in half a day. Cleaned up and gone .Professional all the way. Recommend to anyone.read more
Christopher Whyte
Christopher Whyte
20:33 14 Aug 18
Replaced my old AC and gas furnace. These guys provided good communications, convenient scheduling, and a fair price. They also helped work a BGE rebate in a timely manner. I was very happy with the overall service. I would recommend them and use them again for my future HVAC needs.read more
Christina Petrides
Christina Petrides
14:18 13 Aug 18
Contemporary Air Services was amazing! I had to have my whole system replaced. They were very professional, friendly and great with my friend's dogs who were staying at my house. They worked until the job was complete and Rick came in to check that everything was good to go before and after the job was complete. They also registered my system for the warranty without me having to do a thing! Highly recommend!read more
Jennie Phaneuf
Jennie Phaneuf
16:56 07 Aug 18
The lovely folks at Contemporary Air Systems went out of their way in the customer service department. Michelle was extremely helpful, patient, and informative. Rick is an absolute star! Seriously, I don't think there is anyone nicer than Rick. He's knowledgeable and highly experienced. The two gentlemen that installed our unit were polite, friendly, and tidy. I couldn't be more happy with my experience and would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of their services.read more
Rob Grodsky
Rob Grodsky
22:25 07 Jul 18
I am so impressed with the professionalism of the entire staff of Contempray Air Systems. All my questions were answered fully and timely throughout the process. Moreover, the owner is hands-on as site manager and ensures the job is done to perfection.read more
Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson
19:44 01 Jul 18
I wanted to thank Contemporary Air for coming to my rescue this morning. Forcasted temperature today is 98. AC went out last night. I called an left a message and got a call back first thing this morning. Rick was at my house within an hour. Very professional and friendly. Fixed my AC in under an hour. Very affordable. I will definitely be using Contemporary Air for any future hvac work and will highly recommend to everyone. Thanks again for the great service!read more
michele nicole
michele nicole
16:23 18 Jun 18
I rarely write reviews but the service I received today was excellent. The contractor came to home the same day I called to make an appointment. He was polite and worked quickly to fix both my AC units all while explaining and showing me what the issues were. The price was very reasonable and affordable. Finally a business I can trust. I will always support this business.read more
Alan Lawson
Alan Lawson
03:15 07 Jun 18
Contemporary Air Systems, Inc. replaced our old heat pump with a new one from Bryant. From the initial contact with Michelle and Rick to the completion of the process we received excellent customer service. Everyone involved was professional and courteous as they removed the old unit and installed the new, always willing to answer any questions we had. We would definitely recommend them to anyone who appreciates prompt service and quality product.read more
Terrill Harris
Terrill Harris
03:03 21 May 18
I had a great experience with having my HVAC system replaced by Contemporary Air Systems. The staff was very professional and knowledgable. They made my transition to my new system seamless. I would highly recommend them.read more
Andrew Rosenstein
Andrew Rosenstein
02:14 10 May 18
I have been dealing with Rick and Michelle for the past decade. Always friendly, knowledgeable, excellent customer service from them. Rick personally oversees all the jobs. Excellent prices, and products. You will not be disappointed!read more
Angela Single
Angela Single
22:22 23 Apr 18
Contemporary Air Systems has been great since I called nervous about a noise my old unit was making. Rick came out to check and upon discussion, we decided to start moving toward a new system. He & Michelle made the process easy. He worked with my schedule, which is difficult at best, and she worked almost exclusively through email, because it's easier for me. The actual installation was quick & didn't really disrupt the household. Both technicians were awesome, and Rick came to double check everything just in case. The new units have both been tested in this crazy MD weather and they work equally well. I'm excited to see how they impact our power use. I'm very happy with CAS and the treatment from their staff. I'd recommend them to everyone who needs the services they can provide.read more
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