Spring is the ideal time for deep cleaning. But, as you create your to-do list of what to clean, don’t forget to include your HVAC system. With a thorough cleaning and inspection, your system will run better, with decreased risk of expensive breakdowns. Your system will also run more efficiently with improved air flow.
Here’s your spring HVAC system checklist:
Change Your Air Filter
The number one tip for spring HVAC system maintenance is to replace your unit’s disposable air filter. If you have a washable air filter clean and wash it. This will have the biggest impact on the health of your HVAC unit. And your home air quality will be improved when the clean air filter traps airborne particles like dust, mold, and allergens.
Close Windows and Doors
In the spring when tree pollen counts are at their highest levels, keeping windows and doors closed keeps out not only allergens and dust but also hot air.
Another way to extend the life of your system is to inspect your home’s air ducts. Check for cracks, holes, and leaky joints not properly sealed. A qualified professional can help with inspecting and servicing ductwork. Before taking a detailed look at the outdoor HVAC unit, check every vent in your home to make sure it’s open. A closed vent will place additional stress on the AC.
Dust Ceiling Fan Blades
Ceiling fans are fantastic for cooling down a room, yet they easily collect dust on the blade edges. To prevent dust from flying around the room when cleaning fan blades, use an extendable fan blade duster or a microfiber cloth.
Install a Smart or Programmable Thermostat
Want to save money during peak energy use season? Consider automating your air conditioner by installing a smart or programmable thermostat. By programming the thermostat to match your schedule, you’ll save money and conserve energy. Smart thermostats can quickly learn your schedule and adjust accordingly. And you can monitor and control it from anywhere with your smart phone app and even get an alert when your HVAC system needs maintenance.
Check the AC Drainage Hole
Look for the HVAC drainage hole usually found at the unit’s base. When the drainage hole is clogged, it prevents your unit from properly draining. Remove any debris and check the nearby P-trap to make certain it is clog-free.
Clean Outdoor Areas Around the HVAC Unit
Remove loose items, debris, and vegetation around your unit. Anything within two feet of your unit needs to be trimmed or removed, including gardening tools, plants, weeds, and tree limbs. The HVAC unit needs this amount of space to allow the air conditioner to pull in the air it requires to control the temperature in your house.
If you haven’t had time to do your spring cleaning HVAC maintenance, give Bruce’s a call today at 480-968-5652. They can identify and address small maintenance issues before they become major problems.