Spring Checklist: Knock Off the Dust with HVAC Maintenance

You’ve been hibernating during the colder months, but March is the month when things finally start to warm up. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be eager to put winter behind you and throw open the windows. Amid the flurry of straightening up and cleaning, don’t forget your heating and cooling system. After all, spring is the prelude to another hot summer, making this a perfect time to get your HVAC system in tip-top shape. Not sure what spring cleaning your HVAC system involves? Add these actions to your March home maintenance checklist.

Change the Air Filter

The air filter is a critical part of your heating and cooling system, protecting your finely tuned home comfort equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Regularly change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s suggestions. If you have pets in your home or suffer from allergies, change the filter up to once a month to preserve indoor air quality. Otherwise, replacing a dirty filter with a new one every three months is adequate. In addition to ridding your home of airborne pollutants more efficiently, a clean filter promotes better airflow to improve system efficiency by up to 15%.

Check the Condensate Drain

Your AC doesn’t just cool your residence—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to carrying away unwanted moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the attached hose should be leak-free and correctly placed. Take a quick look at your condensate drain while you replace the filter to keep your system running properly—and also help you spot warning signs of water damage.

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

Before switching on the air conditioner for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to allow fresh air into your home. If the air inside your home often feels stale or stuff, you may benefit by adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade sends stuffy air out of your home and brings in clean, fresh air from outside. Certain equipment pre-cools and dehumidifies incoming air to minimize the impact on your energy bills while helping you breathe better.

Deep Clean Your Home

Thoroughly cleaning your home complements your HVAC maintenance checklist by decreasing the amount of dust and allergens that circulate through the system. Pay special attention to these items:

  • Wipe down ceiling fan blades.
  • Seal gaps near windows and doors using caulk or weather stripping.
  • Clean the grime out of sliding glass door tracks.
  • Clean the coils located beneath or behind the refrigerator.
  • Clean light fixtures and swap old incandescent bulbs for energy-saving LEDs.

Adjust Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet looked into programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a perfect time to contemplate adding this budget-friendly upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy consumption. Begin by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re at home. Next, program automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day. With recovery periods planned for your arrival time, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without sacrificing comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these advantages a step further by giving you the power to make adjustments remotely. You can also keep track of your energy consumption in a mobile app and get tailored, cost-cutting tips.

Check Your Ductwork

Ductwork may develop leaks that negatively impact your air quality and raise your energy bills. Sealing these leaks helps your HVAC equipment run more efficiently and flow clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork to keep the air cool on its way to supply registers throughout your home.

Clean the Outside Unit

The exterior condenser unit accumulates debris throughout the winter. Here’s how to give it a good cleaning this March:

  • Clear away leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from around the unit.
  • Delicately hose down the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Remove surrounding shrubs and grasses to create a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Examine the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Contact a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat takes hold. 

Test Your HVAC Unit

After completing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to try out your AC. Allow it to run for several minutes to verify it is producing cool air like it should. If you experience any problems, make sure your thermostat is set to cool before calling a professional for help.

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If your HVAC system needs expert help this spring, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is the company to call. Our HVAC services help keep your home comfortable and energy efficient all the time. Count on fast, long-lasting solutions to all your comfort concerns, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We mean it—if you’re not completely happy with our solutions, we’ll make it right. For a spring-ready AC system that provides efficiency and peace of mind, call 866-397-3787 to reach the heating and cooling specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today.

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