This year, the vernal equinox or first official day of spring is on March 19th. However, Arizona residents know the real change of seasons occurs in mid-February when Major League Baseball’s spring training camps open. While the rest of the country counts the weeks until winter’s end, thousand of baseball fans from all over the world flock to Phoenix for Cactus League practices and games. Baseball players utilize February and March to work themselves into shape while pitchers knock the rust off their fastballs. Likewise, early spring is the perfect time for homeowners to get a jump on HVAC maintenance and make sure their air conditioner in tip top form for the summer season ahead.
Here’s a brief list of items for a spring HVAC checkup:
Replace Air Filters
Checking and replacing your air filters on a regular basis makes good sense. Clean air filters trap pollutants and particulates as air recirculates through your HVAC system. People with allergies, respiratory issues and pets should install new air filters at least six times per year and ideally more often. Air filters improve your indoor air quality and make your air conditioner run more efficiently.
Does Your AC Unit Pass the Smell Test?
Your air conditioner has been sitting idle during the winter months, so it’s a good idea to perform a smell test and check for standing water, mildew and mold. We often receive calls in spring when people first turn on their air conditioners with questions about the dirty socks smell emanating from AC vents. Even if the odor is faint, it’s not something to ignore. The mildew smell is an indicator that you have leaking water somewhere within your system.
Ducts and Dust
One part of your HVAC system that is often overlooked, HVAC ducts are glossed over because they’re hidden behind walls and ceilings and are difficult to reach. However, dust and dirt can build up inside your air ducts and directly impact the quality of air inside your home. Given that summer is coming, when people spend most of their time indoors, having clean ducts can make a huge difference. Also, leaking ducts can cost you bucks! Losing cold air through leaks in your duct system impairs the efficiency of your AC.
Let One of Our Experienced Professionals Perform a Spring Training Checkup on Your System
Our friendly and knowledgeable AC pros are ready to perform a spring checkup on your air conditioner so you’re ready for summer. Give Bruce’s a call today!