After what feels like the longest winter ever, spring is finally in the air! That means turning off the heat and running the beloved A/C is just around the corner. Many are all-too-familiar with the fall maintenance your HVAC system needs in order to prepare for the long winter, but preparing your system again in the spring is just as important.
1. Replace HVAC filters
Family Handyman goes over a long list of things to do to prepare your home for the spring and summer months. One way to get your HVAC system ready is to replace those filters! Your filter works to keep dust and other impurities from entering your home through the air system. A fresh filter ensures that it’s clean, runs efficiently and keeps dust from accumulating on the coils and blower blades (this will also help keep your energy bill down). Keep in mind this should be replaced every 30-90 days.
2. Remove the condenser covers
New Age Air notes that if you chose to cover your air conditioner units over the winter, spring is a great time to remove them. Not only is it important to remove the covers before turning the system on for the first time, but you should also check for any debris and damage that your system may suffer from. Be sure to clear away any foliage that could get in the way of your unit’s proper functioning, too!
3. Clean the supply vents and registers
Vents and registers can get filled with dirt, dust, hair and other forms of debris. In order to ensure proper cooling and air flow throughout your home, giving them a good cleaning is highly recommended!
Check out this video for tips!
4. Test the system
Once you’ve removed any covers, cleared any and all debris, checked for damage and cleaned the vents and registers, it’s time to give your HVAC system a test! Ensure that your thermostat is set to your preferred cool settings and schedule so that you know your system will run correctly. Letting the A/C run throughout the day can tell you how it’s running through various cooling cycles. If you notice that it’s not running like it should and you did some troubleshooting, it may be time to contact a professional (before it gets too hot out)!
5. Schedule your HVAC maintenance
Even though there are plenty of ways to prepare your HVAC system on your own, you should still schedule regular spring maintenance in order to ensure that it’s running as efficiently and safely as possible. An HVAC professional will check “refrigerant levels, electrical connections, wiring, and other components, allowing them to spot problems homeowners often miss.”
Not only should you schedule regular maintenance, but you should also schedule a professional cleaning of your air ducts in order to ensure optimal air flow and air quality throughout your home!
Contact us to schedule your spring HVAC system maintenance today!