Spring Checklist: Knock Off the Dust with HVAC Maintenance

You’ve been hibernating all winter, but March is the month when things start shifting in a warmer direction. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be anxious to brush off the cobwebs of winter and focus on spring. Amid the flurry of straightening up and cleaning, don’t forget your heating and cooling system. The fact is, spring is the prelude to another blistering summer, making this an ideal time to get your HVAC system in good shape. Not sure what spring cleaning your HVAC system includes? Include these tasks to your March home maintenance checklist.

Swap Out the Air Filter

The air filter is one of the most important parts of your furnace or air conditioner, 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 guidelines. If you have pets in the household or suffer from allergies, change the filter up to once a month to uphold indoor air quality. Otherwise, replacing a dirty filter with a new one every three months is adequate. In addition to trapping and removing airborne pollutants more efficiently, a clean filter promotes better airflow to increase system efficiency by up to 15%.

Examine the Condensate Drain

Your AC doesn’t only cool your residence—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to getting rid of unwanted moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the attached hose should be leak-free and correctly placed. Glance at your condensate drain every time you replace the filter to keep your system running efficiently—and also help you spot initial signs of water damage.

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

Before switching on your home’s air conditioning system for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to let the spring air flow into your residence. If the air inside your home often feels stale or stuff, you may benefit by adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade expels stale, contaminated air to the exterior and replaces it with clean, fresh air from outside. Certain equipment pre-cools and dehumidifies incoming air to reduce the impact on your energy costs while helping you breathe cleaner, healthier air.

Deep Clean Your Home

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

  • Clean off ceiling fan blades.
  • Seal gaps around windows and doors using caulk or weather stripping.
  • Scrub sliding glass door tracks.
  • Remove dirt, pet hair and dust bunnies from the coils located beneath or behind the refrigerator.
  • Clean light fixtures and switch out old incandescent bulbs for energy-saving LEDs.

Enhance Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet looked into programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a perfect time to consider this affordable upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a huge difference in your home’s comfort and energy consumption. Start by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re in the home. After that, plan automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day. With recovery periods planned for when you will be back home, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without compromising comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these advantages a step further by allowing you to make modifications remotely. You can also track your energy consumption in a mobile app and get personalized, cost-cutting recommendations.

Check Your Ductwork

Ductwork sometimes can develop leaks that negatively impact your air quality and increase your energy expenses. Sealing these leaks helps your HVAC equipment function more efficiently and flow clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork so air conditioned air doesn’t leak out of your system.

Spray Out the Exterior Unit

The exterior condenser unit can become filled with debris while hibernating over the icy-cold months. Here’s how to give it a good cleaning this March:

  • Clear away leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from around the unit.
  • Carefully wash off the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Cut back surrounding shrubs and grasses to keep a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Check the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Contact a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat sets in. 

Test Your HVAC Unit

After finishing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to test your air conditioner. Let it operate for several minutes to check for adequate cooling. If you encounter any issues, make sure your thermostat is set to cool before contacting a professional for help.

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