Even though the temperatures are still cool outside, the heat is on its way. Before this happens, you should take time to have some things looked at to ensure you stay comfortable this summer and to prevent large repair bills. Below are two of these things to help you get started.
Contact an HVAC contractor to come to your home and maintain your unit. This will ensure it will provide you and your family with cool air this summer. Some of the components inside the unit they will check include:
- Evaporator coil: The evaporator coil is generally a lot of tubes that are filled with refrigerant. Its job is to remove moisture and heat from the air.
- Air handling unit: The air handling unit moves air through the duct system and into your home through the vent registers.
- Fan: The fan helps circulate the air in your home. The contractor will check the fan blades to ensure they are not bent. If they are, this restricts air flow which will cause your unit to work hard to keep your home cool. They will also make sure the fan is working properly.
The HVAC contractor will also check the wiring inside the unit and clean it out. They will make sure there is no debris built up around the unit, and check the air filter inside your home.
Winter can wreak havoc on a roof, especially if you live in an area that has a lot of snow. This is especially true if you had problems with ice dams over the winter. Contact a roofing contractor to come to your home and inspect your roof for you, as it can be dangerous to do this on your own.
The contractor will check the shingles to make sure they are intact. If there are any that are loose the contractor can tighten them back down with roofing nails. They can replace a few shingles if any blew off your roof. The contractor will check the gutter system to make sure it is intact all the way around your home. They will look at the eaves of your roof, and the contractor may ask to go into your attic. This is because if the roof has any leaks, there may be signs of this leak in your attic, such as mold and mildew built up.
If the contractor determines your roof has a lot of damage, they will likely suggest you replace it.
These two things are a great way to get started. Think of other things you can do, such as make sure the windows have no leaks and check the sealant around doors.