HVAC Tips for Chicago Homeowners

Nearly everyone equates heating with winter and air conditioning with summer. But keeping your Chicago area home’s HVAC running its best is a year-round affair. Regular HVAC maintenance throughout the year ensures your heating and cooling systems run safely and smoothly when you need them most.

Here’s a breakdown of the tasks all homeowners should do during each season in Chicago.

Year-Round Heating & AC Tips for Chicago Homeowners

No one debates how beautiful the Chicago area is, but it’s also known for its harsh winters and hot and humid summers. The last thing you want to have happen during either extreme is a heater or air conditioner breakdown. You can avoid both worst-case scenarios by scheduling maintenance checks and repairs before you need your furnace or AC to perform.

Spring HVAC Tips

Chicago’s cold weather season can begin in October and run through April. It may feel like winter is going to last forever, but now’s the time to get your AC tuned up for the coming summer months. April is a good month to have your air conditioning unit inspected and make any tune-ups that help it work more efficiently.

Summer HVAC Tips

As area temps increase from June through September, it’s essential to maintain your outdoor AC unit. These HVAC maintenance tips will help ensure you get through the summer with a perfectly functioning air conditioner.

  1. Replace air filters: Depending on system usage, the system’s air filters should be changed every one to three months before the summer.
  2. Inspect wiring: Check inside the access panel for any burned or blackened wires.
  3. Upgrade the thermostat: Investing in a smart thermostat saves you money on energy costs, as it reduces HVAC use when no one’s home for significant periods.
  4. Inspect the condenser unit fan: Debris accumulation in and around the fan can damage your AC unit. If you’re experiencing temperature problems or the fan’s been damaged, you’ll likely need to replace it.
  5. Clean outdoor condenser unit: You should remove all leaves, dirt, grass, branches, and other outdoor debris from in and around the condenser unit.

Fall HVAC Tips

As the cooling season comes to an end, it’s time to cover up your outside AC unit and schedule a tune-up for your heating system. Preventive maintenance gives you the opportunity to find issues early on and schedule heating repairs that ensure you enjoy a cozy and warm house during the winter months. Vacuuming your home’s air vents will help prevent blockages and can keep your home’s indoor air quality at a good level.

Winter HVAC Tips

Did you know a heater accounts for about 45% of the average American home’s energy bill? That’s reason enough to ensure your furnace is running correctly and operating as efficiently as possible. Instead of waiting for a problem to appear on a cold, wintry day, follow this simple checklist to maintain your heater.

  1. Clean or replace the filter.
  2. Check the blower motor to make sure it’s functioning correctly.
  3. Consider installing additional insulation and weatherstripping to reduce your home’s heating load. A qualified HVAC contractor can provide a home energy audit to help you discover sources of heating loss.
  4. If you have a gas furnace, verify the exhaust flue to the outside is clear.

Signs your heating system might need repairs or replacement include:

  • Unusual noises
  • Constant cycling
  • Frequent need to adjust thermostat settings
  • Higher than normal utility bills
  • History of frequent repairs

Trust ComforTemp for Year-Round HVAC Service

Though you can complete many of these seasonal tasks yourself, such as changing the air filters, it’s always a good idea to have your HVAC system professionally serviced. ComforTemp Heating & Air Conditioning is here for all your Chicago area home’s HVAC needs. Give us a call any time, any season, at 630-426-6796, or contact us online to schedule service.