ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — When the summer months arrive, people across the Commonwealth will be firing up their air conditioning units.

“No one wants their air conditioner to fail on one of the hottest days of the year, but the truth is that most units that break down will do so on the first hot days of summer,” said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. “If you have some technical background, you may be able to perform some preventative maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure it will meet summer`s demands, but most people need to schedule a service tune-up with a professional. Having a yearly checkup will keep your HVAC system running smoothly and can circumvent future mechanical issues by having the unit examined.”

There are some preventative steps homeowners can take that don’t require an expert.

  • Changing filters can help prevent damage to the HVAC system
  • Smart thermostats can learn a homeowner’s schedule and cut down on usage when the home is unoccupied
  • Remove shrubs, debris, and other items that can collect near the outdoor unit

“In addition to helping your system survive the hotter months, keeping your air conditioning unit in good working order will also maintain your warranty,” Puzio said. “A well-tuned machine is also more energy-efficient and has a longer lifespan. With today`s high utility bills, anything that keeps costs down is a positive.”