Preparing HVAC units for summer heat

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) — With summer nearly here, HVAC units will see increased use as temperatures rise. Proper preparation of HVAC systems is crucial to ensure efficiency and prevent breakdowns.

Cheryl Skiff, a Jacksonville resident, relies heavily on her window air conditioner and portable unit to stay cool in her trailer. “We have a stand-up one too that we got and try to stay cool in a single-wide trailer,” she said.

Experts recommend having HVAC units checked twice a year.

Randy Ramsey, President of Jacksonville Heating Contractors, emphasizes the importance of timely maintenance. “Older systems often have leaks, clogged coils, and low refrigerant, leading to heat and irritation problems,” he said.

TJ Smith of Jones Onslow Electric Membership Corporation advises setting thermostats to save money. “The Department of Energy recommends 78 to 80 degrees in summer and 68 to 70 degrees in fall and winter,” Smith said.

Ramsey urges homeowners to schedule HVAC maintenance promptly. “If they haven’t had maintenance performed, it’s a bit late because everyone is busy, but it’s still important,” he said.

The WITN First Alert Weather Team predicts increased heat and humidity this weekend, with temperatures reaching the mid to high 90s and heat indexes potentially in the upper 90s to low 100s.