Routine Spring Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC
The spring season is one of the best times of the year. Homeowners plan to take advantage of the time to give their house the long-overdue cleaning it deserves. One thing that many homeowners are guilty of overlooking is the heating and cooling system within their home.
Much like everything else in your home, your HVAC unit needs maintenance and should be assessed every now and then to make sure everything is working as it should be. With the change of seasons, the climate and debris that the change brings with it can interfere with your HVAC. With these simple tips, you can secure your HVAC during your spring cleaning!
Change the Filter
A simple fix, changing the filter is critical for the quality and life of your HVAC unit. By giving your HVAC system a new filter, you can worry less about airborne particles such as allergens and dust. The filter is responsible for distributing clean air throughout your house. This is especially important if you live in an area that struggles with pollen and other allergens in the air. You could also look into purchasing a washable filter that way you don’t have to look for replacements.
Update Your Thermostat
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that could be giving you the most trouble. Your HVAC unit could be in good shape, but you’ll never know for sure when you have a faulty thermostat. A new thermostat gives you more control over the flow of air in your home. It could also help reduce the amount of electricity and energy that’s being used by your cooling system. A programmable thermostat is a good option if you work outside of your home throughout the week.
Keep the HVAC Unit Clean
Along with replacing dirty and worn-out air filters, it is your responsibility to keep your system clean. If your unit is outside, it’s more susceptible to getting dirty. Make sure to sweep and wipe away any debris that might be lying on the coils. Since your HVAC could come into contact with all kinds of debris outside, it is recommended to clean it once a week. If your unit is inside, you could do your part by wiping the dust from vents and the system itself.
Check for Leaks
Air leaks make your system run harder and less efficiently. This could ultimately lead to a steep bill, which no one wants, especially with the warm weather approaching. In addition to looking for leaks, you should inspect if there is any other kind of damage. If there is damage, big or small, call a professional right away to come and check the system. Never hold off on getting your HVAC seen.
Clean the Vents
Cleaning the vents is another effective way of preventing allergens and pollutants from flying around. Dust builds up in any place you could think of, including the vents in your room, kitchen, living room—everywhere. If you know what dust is made up of, then you might not want that in your breathing vicinity. If this is the case, it is best to go room to room and wipe off all the dust possible.
Keep Your Windows and Doors Closed
One of the best and easiest things you could do to keep your air fresh keeps your windows and doors closed as much as possible. The spring winds are no joke, and with that being said, you’ll have dirt and leaves flying in your home if you leave windows and doors open. The breeze is nice, but the aftermath is nothing but a hot mess for you to clean up. Keep things easy by keeping doors closed as much as possible.
Keep the Unit Free of Obstructions
Give your unit the space it needs and deserves. Regularly checking on your unit is critical because you need to be able to give it the attention and maintenance it needs. Your unit should be clear of other items, whether it is inside or outside. This is necessary to allow your air conditioner the space it needs to control the temperature in the house.
Always on Stand-by at C&L Plumbing Supply
Not only does our team specialize in plumbing but we also offer all the heating and cooling supplies and products you could possibly need. Contact C&L Plumbing Supply today to learn more about how to keep your HVAC unit in good shape and how our products can help.