Traditionally, spring is the time to start a major house cleaning project. The time is simply right – the season is mild, the air is cool, and the house is simply waking up from the winter cold. Spring is also the time to get your HVAC system serviced to get it ready for the hot months. Keeping your HVAC system in good condition is critical for ensuring that it can provide the comfort you need and maintain a level of healthy indoor air quality. Do not wait until the last minute to get your HVAC system the inspection and servicing it needs. That way, you can avoid the discomfort and frustration of rushed HVAC repairs. Start early using these simple spring HVAC tips.
Getting Your HVAC System Ready
To help you organize your HVAC cleanup and maintenance for spring, here is a checklist you can use as a guide.
Schedule An HVAC Tune-Up
Ideally, your HVAC system should undergo an inspection performed by a trained and licensed professional once a year at the very least. You could, of course, do some basic maintenance steps on your own. However, there are issues that only professional HVAC technicians must handle. These issues may include HVAC components and electronics that the average homeowner may not readily know how to fix. As such, it is best to have your HVAC system checked professionally.
A professional HVAC maintenance checkup includes a thorough inspection and system cleanup. Any issues that could potentially cause a problem later can easily be identified and corrected. A professional HVAC technician can also provide a good estimate of the lifespan of the HVAC system based on its condition.
If you have an older system, a professional technician can determine if it is still usable or will have to be replaced. Old, outdated HVAC systems are not as energy-efficient as newer models. By replacing them, you can reduce your carbon footprint. Likewise, you can lower your energy consumption and customize your comfort settings by using the climate control features on the system. Because the unit is new, you can also avoid the costs associated with frequent HVAC repairs needed by an older system.
If your HVAC system is still under warranty, you need to have it scheduled for an annual inspection to comply with the terms of its warranty. Manufacturers often recommend specific time periods for cooling inspections and furnace repair services to ensure that the system is working properly. Check the terms stipulated in your warranty. This way, you can determine how often or how soon you need to have your HVAC system inspected.
Clean Around The Condenser
You yourself can keep part of your HVAC system clean without calling a professional to help. Simply remove the condenser unit (this is the outdoor component of the HVAC system) and check if there are any weather-related damages. Inspect the condenser unit for any trapped debris. Look for leaves, dirt, and twigs, and remove any potential blockages. Trim off any shrubs, plants, or branches that are too close to the unit. The surrounding area of the condenser unit must be clear to ensure its optimum performance.
Replace The HVAC Air Filter
The HVAC air filter performs an important function in keeping indoor air quality high. It also helps ensure that the system remains efficient and functional. Air filters trap different types of particulates that affect indoor air. These particulates may include dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, and debris. Filters prevent the particulates from being distributed throughout the home through the vents. Clogged air filters make it difficult for air to flow through. As a result, this prompts the system to work harder to maintain the ideal temperature. When air filters are cleaned or changed regularly, the HVAC system will remain efficient.
Keep HVAC Registers & Supply Vents Clean
Dirt, dust, lint, and numerous other particulates will accumulate in the supply vents and the registers. These also happen to be the areas that are often overlooked, even during spring maintenance. In most HVAC units, these components are difficult to reach and clean. They often require special tools. If your supply vents and registers have not been maintained for some time, call your local HVAC contractor and schedule a cleanup. Clean vents and registers help maintain a high indoor air quality level and should not be neglected.
Test The Thermostat
The thermostat is a sensitive part of the HVAC system. It senses heat and cold. Then, it sends a signal to the HVAC system to make the proper adjustments to maintain the desired temperature. Check if the thermostat needs to be calibrated. Likewise, make sure it is located away from sources of heat and cold. If you want a more efficient and convenient way to keep your home comfortable, consider installing a smart or programmable thermostat. This type of thermostat will automatically change the temperature settings so the room or space will remain at a comfortable temperature.
Check Your AC System Now
Do not wait for the hot months to arrive before checking if your AC system works or not. Observe how it performs and determine whether it can achieve the ideal temperatures within a reasonable period of time. Performance issues, such as insufficient cooling power or a strange, dusty smell are signs that there are issues you need to manage. Check the maintenance tips outlined in this guide to help you correct the problem.
Every home should be comfortable regardless of the season. At the beginning of spring, make sure that your home cooling system is working as it should. Better yet, call a reputable HVAC contractor and schedule an inspection. On your own, check the indoor and outdoor units, test the thermostat, clean or replace the filter, and remove any objects that may be blocking the vents. Identifying and correcting problems early will prevent serious damage later and help you avoid related costs. Best of all, you and your family will continue to enjoy a comfortable environment regardless of the season.
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When you work with PFO Heating & Air Conditioning, we will make sure that your comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and safety are prioritized. Call our customer service representative for your free in-home estimate today.