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When To Change Pool Water: How Often Should I Drain My Pool?

When summer arrives, your pool calls! Swimming is a great way to beat the heat and spend time with friends and loved ones. Have you ever stopped and thought about what’s left in the pool water after getting out? Some of the things left behind include sweat, hair, dead skin cells, fecal matter and sometimes even urine. Let’s talk about when to change your pool water!

Even with a filtration system, pools need to be drained and refilled to ensure it works. Drain your pool completely only if it’s necessary. Hire a professional to do this to make sure your pool stays in top shape.

How Often Should I Change My Pool Water?

This answer greatly varies between pools. The amount of time can range from two months to as long as five to seven years. Some of the following factors come into play:

  • Number of daily swimmers
  • Climate
  • Type of water (hard or soft)
  • Pool maintenance

The more often that you use your pool, the more you will have to change the water. When people go swimming, water comes out of the pool with them. Splashing and carrying water out on your bodies are some examples of how we take water out of the pool after swimming.

The climate makes a difference as well. For example, rain washes bacteria, dirt, algae spores and other debris into your pool. In turn, it can reduce the effects of chlorine which can throw off the water’s pH balance. On hot days, UV rays reduce the amount of chlorine. Chlorine is essential to killing reducing germs that can make swimmers sick. Algae growth becomes more frequent as well because the spores need sunlight and water to grow.

There are two types of pool water. There’s hard water that has more calcium and magnesium ions. Soft water contains few minerals in comparison. Hard water can stop the pool structure from corrosion, but the water that’s too hard can break down fixtures. Soft water makes for a cleaner pool. However, pools need calcium and soft water will take it from the concrete or tiles of an in-ground pool.

Make sure to create a routine when it comes to your pool. This includes cleaning it as well as ensuring the correct pH level. Having a filter will help maintain such levels. You can check them using a water testing kit. Unbalanced pH levels make the water too acidic which causes skin irritation. The appropriate level should be around 7.4.

When Do I Change and Drain My Pool’s Water?

Deciding when to change your pool water is important. Most in-ground pools should be drained and have the water replaced every five to seven years. How often you drain your pool depends on a couple of things:

  • Maintenance and upkeep
  • Usage
  • Environment

Drain your pool during the mild season when it’s not too hot and not too cold. Spring and autumn are ideal times of the year. This will prevent pool surfaces and filtration systems from being damaged by sun, heat or moisture. You should avoid draining the pool for cleaning as this is done underwater most of the time.

Draining your pool after heavy rain or storms will add extra pressure to the bottom of the pool. This in turn creates a water table that creates a heavy weight of excess water that damages the pool’s floor. Drainers and skimmers will do most of the work for you when it rains. However, it’s always best to clean any debris out of the pool manually because the filter will not get everything.  So there are a few occasions when you will need to drain your pool after the rain.

How Should I Drain Pool Water?

Determine whether your pool needs to be drained by speaking to a professional. Pool maintenance can be done when the pool is partially full. Hire a professional pool maintenance contractor or company to drain your pool if you determine your pool needs to be drained. Hiring a professional to drain your pool costs less than fixing a bad draining.

If you choose to take on draining your own pool, it’s best to use a submersible pump. Using the filter pump is the less appealing option because it’s expensive to replace. Drain your water into a sewer line on your property and make sure to not drain more than 12 gallons per minute. The process takes at least a couple of days. If you are not experienced, always hire a professional to drain your pool!

How Do I Keep Water in my Pool Longer?

Maintaining the appropriate level of chlorine makes all the difference. It kills bacteria and germs, controls organic debris perspiration and body oils and deters algae. Shower before hopping into the pool. Chlorine reacts to:

  • Sweat
  • Makeup
  • Sunscreen
  • Perfume
  • Lotion
  • Urine and fecal matter

All of these are things that can be found on swimmers entering the pool. This can react to chlorine and is the reason that some pools end up with a strong odour. A scent coming from the pool can be a sign that there are multiple compounds in the pool reacting with chlorine.

To maintain water quality and pool infrastructure, chlorinate the water daily. It prevents algae and microorganisms from growing. Clean the pool using suction sweepers and brushes on alternating days. Maintain a pH level between 7.2 and 7.6 to avoid irritating your skin. It’s recommended to have 1 ppm (part per million) of chlorine to kill algae or bacteria effectively.

Having an effective water filtration system recirculates water and returns it to the pool. Quickly removing filterable contaminants reduces the impact on the disinfection system.

Backwashing removes organic materials from your pool and keeps the water clean. This removes built-up contaminants from the pool by reversing the flow of water through the filter.  This sends them to waste or out through the hose connected to the pump. Backwash your pool filter before adding any chemicals to the water.

In Conclusion

Making sure that your pool is drained at the right time is as important. Knowing when to change your pool water is a key part of your pool lasting longer. It’s also makes swimming safer for you, your family and friends!

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    Establishment of the Center for Historical Documentation

    The project “Establishment of the Historical – Documentation Center of the City of Paphos and configuration of the surrounding area” is on track to be implemented and Z&X Mechanical Installations is proud to be part of this project.

    The contract was signed on December 14th, between the Municipality of Paphos and the contracting company N. Gavriel and Sons Ltd for the execution of the Historical Documentation Center of the City of Paphos and shaping of the surrounding area. 

    Z&X Mechanical Installations will provide the following mechanical services and systems:

    • Cooling/heating of space
    • Exhaust ventilation of the space
    • Sewage and planning services
    • Fountains in the garden
    • Irrigation system

    The project, with a total value of €9,636,362.00 plus VAT, will start immediately and the works are expected to be completed within 14 months. The project includes the maintenance – restoration and conversion of the existing listed building, the former central police station of the city into a museum and the renovation of the exterior spaces.

    With the design of the project, an attempt is made to connect the urban space, the natural elements and the history of the city. Through a walking route which starts from the north of the site with the Armenian Genocide Park and a relaxed route, with above-ground and ground-level crossings in areas with rich vegetation, the visitor reaches the urban square north of the building which includes urban equipment , sitting areas and sanitary areas. From there, the visitor can enter the museum through a modern building and, following an internal route, learn about the historical course of the city from 332 BC to the most recent years, following it through digital media and other exhibits that will be in the building. After completing the route to the building, the visitor ends up in the square again to relax, rest, reflect and perhaps continue his tour of the rest of our city.

    Speaking at the signing, the Mayor of Paphos Phaidonas Phaidonos said that the Municipality of Paphos aims to highlight the centuries-old historical heritage of Paphos in a modern and demonstrative way, while at the same time it will increase the number of visitors to the traditional center of the city.

    The Mayor of Paphos referred to the regeneration projects that have taken place in the surrounding area in recent years, such as Kennedy Square, the Commercial Traditional Centre, the regeneration of the Governor’s Office and the surrounding streets and the regeneration of the Town Hall Square. Continuing, he referred to the projects such as the restoration of the Attikon Polychorus, the Municipal Theater Markideio, the central bus station and the reconstruction of Hani Ibrahim. It was also mentioned that the project of renovating the southern area of ​​the traditional commercial center and the Anavargos district is in progress, while the project of the Ivi Maliotou park has been completed. He also added that the projects are completed with the implementation of the project from the Public Garden to the Exo Vrysi. The contract signing ceremony took place in the outdoor area of ​​the former central Police Station of the city.

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      What Are The Benefits Of Using A Central Heating System In The Home?

      Choosing the right heating system for your property can make a world of difference for both people and pets. Modern ducted heating systems tend to be the best option overall due to being both extremely cost-effective and highly customizable. Here are the 5 main benefits central heating systems provide:

      1. Comfort & convenience

      No one likes to come home to a cold home, let alone spend time in one. Even if you have a great electric heater or air conditioner, you will still have to wait ages for them to fully warm up your living space.

      Central HVAC eliminates this problem by enabling you to set consistent temperatures throughout the day. Smart thermostats and other modern features even enable you to set specific temperatures for each room, automatically lower the temperatures while you are asleep or outside, and so on. What’s more, floor heating keeps you and your loved ones comfy in a way that other heating systems simply can’t match.

      2. It’s healthier

      Central heating systems maintain even temperatures throughout a home. This helps prevent various health issues such as asthma, hypothermia, bronchitis, strokes, and heart attacks. It also reduces condensation in your property, which reduces the risk of mold and mildew.

      3. Eco-friendliness

      Today’s central HVAC systems produce a lot less carbon dioxide and use up less energy than electric heaters and other types of heating. This is especially true of geothermal heating systems, which use the natural heat in the earth to warm up your home during the cold winter months.

      4. Saves you money

      Modern central heating systems are far more energy-efficient than their older counterparts. This provides significant savings in the form of reduced utility bills all year round (and especially during winter) and enables you to recoup part of or most of the cost of your heating system installation after only a few years.

      5. Boost to property value

      Properties that are equipped with central HVAC systems are highly sought after on the real estate market. If the heating system in your house is still under warranty and/or relatively new, your home will be far more likely to attract the right kind of buyer.

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        Paphos Municpality Will Build New Student Dorms

        The municipality of Paphos is investing another €14 million for the construction of 203-room student residences and Z&X Mechanical Installations is proud to be part of this project which will be completed within less than a year from now (by 25/09/2024).

        Paphos municipality signed a contract on Friday for the construction of the new student accommodation rooms, as the mayor vowed that major changes are on the way.

        Paphos mayor Mr. Phedonas Phedonos said he is very proud that about 90 contracts have been signed in recent years that have “transformed Paphos”. The latest is the student accommodation project, which includes the municipality having paid €1.2 million for about 5,000 square meters of land. The accommodation will provide 203 rooms of 24 square meters each. The third phase of the project is centered on building tennis and basketball courts, parking spots, and green spaces, that will cover 32 plots, the mayor said. He said the accommodation should be ready within 11 months, with the works being carried out by A. N. Ioannou Construction Ltd.

        The mayor thanked the church committee for agreeing to join the plots of land on which the Cyprus University of Technology Paphos (Tepak) is located with land on which a church is located, along with the land of the student accommodation.

        Mr. Phedonas also explained that the state has provided a significant amount of land for Tepak’s agricultural institute in Acheleia. He emphasized that the municipality is determined to continue upgrading the area as it works alongside private property owners, including businesses and shop owners. The mayor praised Tepak’s presence in Paphos as “increasing the critical mass of the city, [it’s] a step towards creating a new pillar in the district’s economy”. The recent projects, he said, have transformed the city’s identity and broadened its horizons.

        Other positive changes have been a significant upgrade of the tourism product and sector, the creation of new jobs, and the enrichment of society and the district’s culture. It was reported in September that classes got underway at the Paphos branch of the Cyprus University of Technology with 300 students enrolled. Mr. Phedonos hailed the modern higher education facilities, with final costs estimated at €20m, as he said the university expects a future enrolment of 1,000 students in total.

        The Tepak School of Tourism Management, Hospitality, and Entrepreneurship is joined in Paphos by a branch of the American University of Beirut.

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          Cyprus Set To Launch ‘Photovoltaics For All’

          Exciting news for all homeowners!

          “Photovoltaics for All” is a program, making it simpler and more affordable to have rooftop solar panels.

          This new program is part of the government’s efforts to help people in need. It’s aimed at giving everyone access to the benefits of solar power, without the big upfront costs.

          In a bold move to expedite the transition to green energy, the Ministry of Energy is gearing up to unveil a groundbreaking solar energy production initiative that promises to reshape the balance between conventional and green energy sources.

          Under the banner of “Photovoltaics for All,” the government’s ambitious plan seeks to lower electricity tariffs while boosting the adoption of renewable energy sources (RES).

          Notably, this project distinguishes itself from past endeavors by eliminating restrictions on the number of beneficiaries. This means that any interested individual can apply for the installation of photovoltaic panels on their roof for self-consumption without the need for an initial capital investment. Moreover, users can anticipate a 50% reduction in their electricity bills once the system is operational.

          No Bank Loans Needed

          You won’t need to get a bank loan to make this happen. The money for the project comes from the Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Conservation Fund. They will cover the cost of buying and installing the solar panels.

          How It Works

          Once the solar panels are up and running, you will start paying for them through your electricity bill from the AHK or another electricity company. This payment is about €150 every two months. But don’t worry, you will save more on your electricity bill, thanks to the solar panels.

          The Five-Step Process

          The “Photovoltaics for All” project aims to streamline the installation process, with bureaucratic procedures and system setup estimated to be completed within three months of application. Here are the five essential steps to install a photovoltaic system in your home:

          -Application (anticipated start date: January 1, 2024).
          -Installation approval.
          -Sponsorship payment (options of €1000 or €1500).
          -Photovoltaic panel installation.
          -Connection to the grid.

          Notably, recent data suggests a significant reduction in delays for RES generation connections, with the number of pending requests dropping from 1000 to below 100.

          Who Can Benefit?

          The “Photovoltaics for All” plan is designed to cater to a wide audience, particularly targeting small and medium-sized homes. Prospective beneficiaries can choose between two grant options: €1000 and €1500. Under the €1000 grant, applicants are not required to make an initial capital investment for the photovoltaic installation, and the maximum solar energy production is capped at 4.5 kW.

          Repayment will occur through installments (€150 on each electricity bill) over three years. On the other hand, the €1500 grant mandates a one-time installation payment, while there is no restriction on solar energy production.

          Funding for this initiative will come from the RES and Energy Saving Fund (RES – ex.(E)), which is bolstered by European funds dedicated to green initiatives. Additionally, resources from the emissions fund may also be utilized, creating a continuous cycle of funds flowing to consumers for green energy production and repaid in installments to the fund.

          Immediate Benefits

          The advantages of this project will become evident as soon as the photovoltaic system goes live. Those opting for the €1000 sponsorship option can expect their electricity bills to be halved. For instance, with an average consumption of €370, consumers will pay only €30 every two months for fixed charges, in addition to the €150 repayment installment for the photovoltaic system—amounting to a total of €180.

          Overall, it’s estimated that the investment in a residential photovoltaic system in Cyprus will be amortized in approximately five years, taking into account the RES and ex Fund.E sponsorship (or six years without sponsorship). It’s worth noting that the lifespan of a photovoltaic system exceeds 20 years.

          Network Modernization

          The “Photovoltaics for All” plan is poised to drive the modernization and enhancement of the electricity transmission and distribution network. Recognizing that the existing infrastructure is outdated and in need of an upgrade, the Energy Minister has initiated a redesign process aimed at transforming it into a “smart” grid, increasing electricity capacity.

          Additionally, the grid will be equipped with battery meters to facilitate energy storage, primarily for nighttime use. Consultations regarding the bolstering of the network with batteries have concluded, and installation is set to commence within the next two years. However, it’s acknowledged that the full upgrade will coincide with the launch of solar energy production under the “Photovoltaics for All” project.

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            5 Ways To Prepare Your HVAC System For Autumn

            Although it’s not cold outside yet, it will soon be. The biggest mistake you can make right now is to wait until the autumn sets in to find out if your HVAC system is functioning properly. Don’t do that!

            An HVAC unit works throughout the year, maintaining a cozy temperature indoors during summer and winter. It becomes necessary to perform proper maintenance on your HVAC system at regular intervals. The last thing you want in September is your HVAC system to break down and leave you shuddering with cold. Avoid problems with your unit this autumn and winter by taking these precautions to ensure a properly operating system.

            Clear The Debris

            Outdoor elements of an HVAC unit takes the full-brunt of elements. Each summer, they get covered with grime, leaves, pollen, and twigs and obstruct the flow of air to the interior of your HVAC system. Clear all of that debris from your units in September.

            Change The Air Filter

            Temperatures can easily cross 30 degrees during Paphos summers. It is the season when HVACs run almost non-stop, and air filters get the dirtiest; making their replacement necessary before the onset of autumn. A dirty air filter obstructs air flow, causes your furnace to work harder, and costs you more money.

            Inspect Insulation

            In a perfect world, your system’s insulation functions properly throughout the year. But real life has this nasty habit of coming in the way. If your energy bills were higher than usual during summer, it’s high time you speak to a technician or perform an insulation check yourself.

            Ensure The Unit Is Level

            Summers don’t change landscapes, but they damage the pads on which your HVAC unit rests. After a season of high day temperatures, your system may not be on level ground; causing non-uniform lubrication in the compressor and eventually burning it out. Repairs are costly. Either ensure yourself that your unit is level or hire an HVAC contractor for the job.

            Schedule A Preventative Maintenance

            If you live in Paphos, the end of summer and beginning of autumn is the perfect time to call an HVAC contractor. An inspection by an experienced technician will ensure that your furnace is ready for the cold months. It will also prevent unpleasant breakdowns between September and April.

            Transitioning from summer to autumn means taking care of your HVAC maintenance tasks. Putting off regular maintenance by an experienced HVAC contractor now may lead to ugly and uncomfortable surprises during the cold months.

            Prevent avoidable problems. Call at +357 26945222 and schedule a pre-autumn HVAC maintenance for a cozy, warm autumn and winter.

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              What Is A Heat Pump?

              So, what is a heat pump? A heat pump is part of a home heating and cooling system and is installed outside your home. Like an air conditioner such as central air, it can cool your home, but it’s also capable of providing heat. In cooler months, a heat pump pulls heat from the cold outdoor air and transfers it indoors, and in warmer months, it pulls heat out of indoor air to cool your home. They are powered by electricity and transfer heat using refrigerant to provide comfort all year round. Because they handle both cooling and heating, homeowners may not need to install separate systems to heat their homes. In colder climates, an electric heat strip can be added to the indoor fan coil for additional capabilities. Heat pumps do not burn fossil fuel like furnaces do, making them more environmentally friendly.

              What Types Of Heat Pumps Are There?

              The two most common types of heat pumps are air-source and ground-source. Air-source heat pumps transfer heat between indoor air and outdoor air, and are more popular for residential heating and cooling.

              Ground-source heat pumps, sometimes called geothermal heat pumps, transfer heat between the air inside your home and the ground outside. These are more expensive to install but are typically more efficient and have a lower operating cost due to the consistency of the ground temperature throughout the year.

              How Does A Heat Pump Work?

              How does a heat pump work? Heat pumps transfer heat from one place to another by different air or heat sources. Air source heat pumps move heat between the air inside a home and the air outside a home, while ground source heat pumps (known as geothermal heat pumps) transfer heat between the air inside a home and the ground outside a home. We will focus on air source heat pumps, but the basic operation is the same for both.

              Heat Pump Basics

              Despite the name, heat pumps do not generate heat – they move heat from one place to another. A furnace creates heat that is distributed throughout a home, but a heat pump absorbs heat energy from the outside air (even in cold temperatures) and transfers it to the indoor air. When in cooling mode a heat pump and an air conditioner are functionally identical, absorbing heat from the indoor air and releasing it through the outdoor unit.

              When considering which type of system is best for your home, several important factors should be considered, including the size of the home and the local climate. A local Carrier dealer has the expertise to properly evaluate your specific needs and help you make the right decision.

              Where Do Heat Pumps Work Best?

              Homeowners in need of a new heating or cooling system, may consider the type of climate they live in before purchasing a heat pump system. Heat pumps are more common in milder climates, where the temperature does not typically drop below freezing. In colder regions, they can also be combined with furnaces for energy-efficient heating on all but the coldest days. When the temperature outside drops too low for the heat pump to operate effectively, the system will instead use the furnace to generate heat. This kind of system is often called a dual fuel system – it is very energy efficient and cost effective.

              Important Components Of A Heat Pump System

              A typical air source heat pump system consists of two major components, an outdoor unit (which looks just like the outdoor unit of a split-system air conditioning system) and an indoor air handler unit. Both the indoor and outdoor unit contain various important sub-components.

              Outdoor Unit & Indoor Unit

              The outdoor unit contains a coil and a fan. The coil operates as either a condenser (in cooling mode) or an evaporator (in heating mode). The fan blows outside air over the coil to facilitate the heat exchange. Like the outdoor unit, the indoor unit, commonly referred to as the air handler unit, contains a coil and a fan. The coil acts as an evaporator (in cooling mode) or a condenser (in heating mode). The fan is responsible for moving air across the coil and throughout the ducts in the home.

              Refrigerant & Compressor

              The refrigerant is the substance that absorbs and rejects heat as it circulates throughout the heat pump system. The compressor pressurizes the refrigerant and moves it throughout the system.

              Reversing Valve & Expantion Valve

              The part of the heat pump system that reverses the flow of refrigerant, allowing the system to operate in the opposite direction and switch between heating and cooling. The expansion valve acts as a metering device, regulating the flow of the refrigerant as it passes through the system, allowing for a reduction of pressure and temperature of the refrigerant.

              How Does A Heat Pump Cool and Heat?

              Heat pumps do not create heat. They redistribute heat from the air or ground and use a refrigerant that circulates between the indoor fan coil (air handler) unit and the outdoor compressor to transfer the heat.

              In cooling mode, a heat pump absorbs heat inside your home and releases it outdoors. In heating mode, the heat pump absorbs heat from the ground or outside air (even cold air) and releases it indoors.

              How A Heat Pump Works - Cooling Mode

              One of the most important things to understand about heat pump operation and the process of transferring heat is that heat energy naturally wants to move to areas with lower temperatures and less pressure. Heat pumps rely on this physical property, putting heat in contact with cooler, lower pressure environments so that the heat can naturally transfer. This is how a heat pump works.

              STEP 1

              Liquid refrigerant is pumped through an expansion device at the indoor coil, which is functioning as the evaporator. Air from inside the house is blown across the coils, where heat energy is absorbed by the refrigerant. The resulting cool air is blown throughout the home’s ducts. The process of absorbing the heat energy has caused the liquid refrigerant to heat up and evaporate into gas form.

              STEP 2

              The gaseous refrigerant now passes through a compressor, which pressurizes the gas. The process of pressurizing the gas causes it to heat up (a physical property of compressed gases). The hot, pressurized refrigerant moves through the system to the coil in the outdoor unit.

              STEP 3

              A fan in the outdoor unit moves outside air across the coils, which are serving as condenser coils in cooling mode. Because the air outside the home is cooler than the hot compressed gas refrigerant in the coil, heat is transferred from the refrigerant to the outside air. During this process, the refrigerant condenses back to a liquid state as it cools. The warm liquid refrigerant is pumped through the system to the expansion valve at the indoor units.

              STEP 4

              The expansion valve reduces the pressure of the warm liquid refrigerant, which cools it significantly. At this point, the refrigerant is in a cool, liquid state and ready to be pumped back to the evaporator coil in the indoor unit to begin the cycle again.

              How A Heat Pump Works - Heating Mode

              A Heat pump in heating mode operates just like cooling mode, except that the flow of refrigerant is reversed by the aptly named reversing valve. The flow reversal means that the heating source becomes the outside air (even when outdoor temperatures are low) and the heat energy is released inside the home. The outside coil now has the function of an evaporator, and the indoor coil now has the role of the condenser.

              The physics of the process are the same. Heat energy is absorbed in the outdoor unit by cool liquid refrigerant, turning it into cold gas. Pressure is then applied to the cold gas, turning it to hot gas. The hot gas is cooled in the indoor unit by passing air, heating the air and condensing the the gas to warm liquid. The warm liquid is relieved of pressure as it enters the outdoor unit, turning it to cool liquid and renewing the cycle.

              How A Heat Pump Works – Review

              Heat pumps are versatile, efficient cooling and heating systems. Thanks to a reversing valve, a heat pump can change the flow of refrigerant and either heat or cool a home. Air is blown over an evaporator coil, transferring heat energy from the air to the refrigerant. That heat energy is circulated in the refrigerant to a condenser coil, where it is released as a fan blows air across the coil. Through this process, heat is pumped from one place to another.

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                The Ultimate Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist

                The arrival of spring is the perfect time for homeowners to get their HVAC systems in shape. For many, it might have been months since you have given your cooling system a thought – but with the nice weather comes persistent sunshine and rising temperatures that will eventually bring on summer heat. Fortunately, by taking simple HVAC spring maintenance steps now, you can keep your unit running optimally all year long — with much less stress!

                9-Point Spring HVAC Maintenance List

                In this blog post, we will dive into the essential AC maintenance tasks you must complete to get the most out of your home’s HVAC system this season. From changing air filters to inspecting ductwork and checking refrigerant levels, you can take several proactive measures so you don’t end up sidelined by costly repairs down the road. If you are ready to tackle some HVAC challenges while ensuring maximum efficiency from your unit this spring, let’s get started!

                1. Replace Air Filters

                AC filters are one essential component of your unit that needs frequent attention. They tend to get clogged and dirty easily and directly impact the performance and effectiveness of your air conditioner. If not cleaned promptly, a dirty filter can cause restricted airflow, energy wastage, and damage to your unit.

                Hence, your HVAC spring maintenance must start with a thorough filter cleaning session. There are different types of filters; the usable ones can easily be taken out and washed with water. However, if the filters seem worn out, it is a good time to replace them.

                A rule of thumb is to clean the filters every two weeks and get a replacement bimonthly during summer when the usage is high. Consider investing in a smart AC controller if you want to take your spring maintenance game up a notch. Some advanced models will help you automatically get notified when your filters need cleaning. This is not only crucial for increasing the lifespan of your AC but also helps to improve indoor air quality.

                2. Remove Unit Covers

                If you have mastered the art of storing away your AC units in winter, they should be covered away from all the potential external threats. But now is the time to take them off! Although it might seem obvious, many people make the mistake of turning on their HVAC systems without doing so. A simple mistake like this will compromise the efficiency of your AC and can cause damage due to overheating.

                3. Clean Around AC Unit

                If you had covers on, this step would become a whole lot easier. However, if your unit was uncovered, there would definitely be debris and dirt buildup that will need clearing up. In addition, birds often like to make their nests in the units, especially when unused.

                Inspect carefully to identify any source of concern. Start by cleaning any leaves gathered around and on the top of your air conditioner’s grill. Follow up by trimming nearby bushes and shrubs while ensuring there is at least two feet of cleared land around the unit for proper functioning. If you find any potential damages that need repairs, get in touch with an HVAC technician asap!

                4. Check Air Conditioner Refrigerant Lines

                When checking these lines, look for any signs of damage, such as leaks or cracks in the pipes. They can cause refrigerant leakage, leading to a decrease in cooling efficiency. If you notice any damage to the refrigerant lines, it’s important to have them repaired or replaced by a professional HVAC technician as soon as possible.

                Adjust the refrigerant levels according to your system. Too much or too little refrigerant will reduce the efficiency of your equipment and increase your energy costs. Check the refrigerant lines to be sure they are not worn, detached, or leaking. For the best results, call an HVAC professional!

                5. Testing the Thermostat

                Testing, calibrating, and leveling your thermostat is important to ensure perfect home temperature. Here are a few things you need to monitor:

                • Check for loose connections: Look for any loose wires or connections inside the thermostat. Tighten any loose connections using a screwdriver.
                • Test the temperature sensor: Using a thermometer, check the temperature reading on your thermostat. If the reading is off by a few degrees, you may need to recalibrate the thermostat.
                • Calibrate the thermostat: Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on how to calibrate your thermostat. Typically, you will need to adjust the temperature using a small screwdriver until the reading matches the actual room temperature.
                • Level the thermostat: Use a level to ensure that your thermostat is level. If it is not level, adjust the mounting bracket until it is.

                Once you have finished testing, calibrating, and leveling your thermostat, replace the cover and turn the power back on to your heating and cooling system.

                6. Make Your AC Smart

                This summer is the perfect time to change up your old ways and become more efficient regarding energy usage. The bills are higher than ever, but you should mend your ways to be more responsible and sustainable. In addition, heating and cooling make up almost 50% of the energy consumption expenses. Hence, it is only logical to take control of the situation and add smart air conditioning controls to the list of your HVAC spring maintenance. One of the most cost-effective methods is pairing your air conditioners with a smart AC controller or a smart thermostat. You can benefit from multiple next-gen features like smart scheduling, geofencing, Comfy Mode, and more. With these, you can ensure that your AC runs only when it needs to, turns off automatically if you ever forget to switch it off in a rush, and even takes away the hassle of manually adjusting the settings all day.

                7. Clearing the Drainage Hole

                This is an integral part of the HVAC summer maintenance routine. The drainage hole or condensate drain is responsible for removing excess moisture. If this drainage hole becomes clogged, you might encounter various issues like water leaking from inside the unit and other types of water damage. When cleaning out the drainage hole, turn off your HVAC unit. It should be located near the base of the indoor unit. Sometimes it is visible as a small hole, while it can be covered at other times. You can use a pipe cleaner or a small brush to remove any buildup. Remember to always use a gentle hand and avoid pressure to prevent damage. Next, check drainage pans and clean them with a damp cloth if they are dirty. Test the drainage by turning the HVAC system on and checking if the water flows freely through the system.

                8. Cleaning the Vents

                Cleaning the vents is an important part of HVAC spring maintenance as it helps to ensure proper airflow and efficiency. Over time, the vents of an AC can accumulate dust, dirt, and debris, reducing the air quality in your home. By cleaning the vents, you can remove these contaminants and improve indoor air quality. Furthermore, it prevents mold growth. Moisture can accumulate in the vents, promoting mold and mildew growth. By cleaning the vents regularly, you can remove any moisture and prevent mold growth.

                9. Schedule HVAC Spring Maintenance Appointment

                Spring is considered the best time to call an HVAC technician for maintenance because it is the season right before the peak summer months; here is why:

                • Prepare for summer: The summer months can be tough on HVAC systems, as they often work overtime to keep homes cool. By scheduling maintenance in the spring, you can identify and address any potential issues before the high demand of summer arrives.
                • Cost-effective: Calling a technician during peak time means paying more to solve your AC-related problems. HVAC spring maintenance will save you a few coins and prepare you ahead of time.
                • Availability of technicians: HVAC technicians are often busiest during the peak summer months, so scheduling a maintenance appointment may be more difficult. By calling in the spring, you may have options for scheduling and can avoid potential wait times or delays.

                Scheduling HVAC spring maintenance can help you avoid potential breakdowns, improve efficiency, and ensure your system is ready to handle summer demands.

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