Get Your Home Ready for Summer with HVAC Maintenance

You’ve been hibernating during the colder months, but March is the month when things start shifting in a warmer direction. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be excited to put winter behind you and throw open the windows. Amid the flurry of straightening up and cleaning, don’t ignore your HVAC system. After all, spring is the prelude to another blistering summer, making this a perfect time to get your HVAC system in tip-top shape. Don’t know what spring cleaning your HVAC system includes? Add these tasks to your March home maintenance checklist.

Replace the Air Filter

The air filter is an extremely important piece of your furnace or air conditioner, protecting delicate equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Consistently swap out the air filter according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you have pets in the household or have allergies, change the filter up to once a month to uphold indoor air quality. If you don’t, replacing your old filter with a new one every three months is sufficient. In addition to ridding your home of airborne pollutants more successfully, a clean filter promotes better airflow to boost system efficiency by up to 15%.

Examine the Condensate Drain

Your air conditioning system doesn’t simply cool your home—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to carrying away extra moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the attached hose should be leak-free and properly placed. Check on your condensate drain while you replace the filter to keep your system running smoothly—and also help you spot warning signs of water damage.

Get the Air Moving

Before switching on your AC for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to let the spring air flow into your residence. If your home usually feels stuffy, think about adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade blows stale air outside and swaps it for clean, fresh air from outside. Certain equipment pre-cools and dehumidifies incoming air to decrease the impact on your energy bills while helping you breathe better.

Give Your Home a Good Cleaning

Meticulously cleaning your home complements your HVAC maintenance checklist by limiting the amount of dust and allergens that circulate through the system. Pay extra attention to these areas:

  • Dust ceiling fan blades.
  • Seal gaps around windows and doors using caulk or weather stripping.
  • Clean the grime out of sliding glass door tracks.
  • Vacuum debris out of the coils located beneath or behind the refrigerator.
  • Wipe off light fixtures and exchange old incandescent bulbs for energy-saving LEDs.

Enhance Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet discovered programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a very good time to contemplate adding this budget-friendly upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy use. Start by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re at home. Then, set up automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when no one is home during the day. With recovery periods planned for your arrival time, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without sacrificing comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these benefits a step further by giving you the power to make adjustments remotely. You can also monitor your energy consumption in a mobile app and get customized, cost-cutting recommendations.

Check Your Ductwork and Insulation Levels

Ductwork can develop leaks that negatively impact your air quality and increase your energy expenses. Sealing these leaks helps your cooling system function more efficiently and circulate clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork so you don’t lose any cold air before it gets to your living area.

Hose Debris From the Outdoor Unit

The outside condenser unit accumulates debris during the icy-cold months. Here’s how to clean it out this March:

  • Rake leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from around the unit.
  • Carefully rinse the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Remove surrounding shrubs and grasses to maintain a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Check the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Get in touch with a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat sets in. 

Turn on Your HVAC Unit

After performing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to turn on your HVAC system. Allow it to run for several minutes to make sure its working. If you discover any problems, make sure your thermostat is set to cool before phoning a professional for help.

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