Spring is the best time for deep spring cleaning. While it's great to clean out the dust and dirt that has built up over the winter, spring is also the perfect time to maintain your HVAC system.
Spring maintenance will help you have cleaner indoor air and keep your HVAC system running efficiently. A system that runs well can not only save you money on energy but also help to avoid costly repairs. And this will extend the life of your equipment.
These are some of our top HVAC spring maintenance tips that every homeowner should be aware of:
Replace Your Air Filter
For two reasons, this is the top tip that every homeowner should follow. First, it is easy to implement and can make a huge difference in the health of your HVAC system. And second, clean air filters can help reduce your home's energy consumption. The filter traps airborne particles such as allergens and dust, which will improve the quality of indoor air. This is particularly important if your home is near or within an area where the pollen count is high.
You should replace your filter every month if you use disposable filters. On the other hand, washable filters need to be cleaned and washed monthly.
Check Your Ductwork
Your home's HVAC system is also dependent on your ductwork. Make sure you seal any leaky joints or holes when inspecting this. Also, make sure any cracks or holes in the duct system are repaired.
Clean Your Drainage Hole
Most air conditioners have a drainage hole at the base of their cabinets. This hole must be cleared in order to ensure that your HVAC system works efficiently. A blocked drainage hole can block your HVAC unit's ability to drain. This can cause more strain on your unit and reduce its efficiency. The P-trap can also become clogged -- it is located not far from the drain hole. Make sure you keep it clean too.
Keep your Windows and Doors Closed
It's a good idea for allergy sufferers to keep their windows and doors shut to stop allergens from getting in. It's best to close windows and doors during summer not only to prevent allergens from getting in but also because warm air can cause heatstroke, increase costs and strain your system.
Remove Obstructions from the Outside Section of the System
It is vital to check on your outdoor unit regularly as it is exposed to the elements. Regularly inspect your unit for any debris or loose vegetation. Also, ensure that no vegetation grows within two feet of the unit. This is important to ensure your air conditioner can pull in the right amount of air to maintain the desired temperature.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you do not have it, now is the right time to get a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to control the temperature of your home more effectively. It may actually even lower your energy bills. You can also choose to set your desired temperature accordingly, this way your system runs less when there is no one home.
This spring is the perfect time to get a programmable thermostat. If you already have one, it is a smart idea to update the schedule and adjust your thermostat settings. Also, make sure to check that all vents are open.
Test Your Air Conditioner
Before the summer heat arrives, it is good practice to turn on your unit and run it for a while. This will let you know if your unit is having any issues and allow you to plan a repair before it gets too hot.
Make an appointment for Routine Maintenance
After you have completed the above tasks, it is time to call in the professionals. It's important to have your HVAC unit serviced annually by your local professionals, even if you do a good job of maintaining your outside unit clean, changing the air filters, and setting your thermostat. An expert will inspect your system and take readings of electrical amp draw, check the refrigerant pressure, and check all connections. Potential problems that could arise in the future will be identified by a qualified technician.
Consider an Upgrade to Your System
Spring is a great time for a new air conditioner system. A newer, more efficient system can save you money on heating and cooling costs. It is better to do this in the spring than during the summer when your home can become uncomfortably hot without air conditioning. Contractors are often very busy and may have to wait weeks for the unit to be installed.
Spring cleaning doesn't just mean cleaning your yard and home. Call our team of experts at AccuTemp Cooling and Heating today at 318-861-2255 to arrange your to routine HVAC Spring Maintenance.