As the chill of the winter season ends, many smart homeowners are thinking of their annual spring cleaning. One of the things inside your home that you need to prepare for the spring is your HVAC system. Your air-conditioning unit is working harder during the season in order to control the temperature inside your home; thus, the need for maintenance.
If you haven’t started making your HVAC system spring ready, then here are the tips for you.
1. Do a pre-spring spin
Do determine the condition of your HVAC system and to identify which parts of it need repair, do some pre-spring spin on your unit. Turn your system on, set it from heat to cool, adjust your thermostat, and let it run for a whole cycle. Pay attention to any strange sounds in the system, unusual odor, the time it takes for the unit to complete the cycle, and the changes in the indoor air quality.
2. Change your air filter
Regardless of the season, it is important to change your air filter every month. If you haven’t done so, then include it in your spring maintenance. Changing your HVAC system’s air filter will ensure good air quality inside your home. Aside from that, a clean air filter will extend the life of your HVAC system.
3. Clean around the outside of your unit
This is one of the simple HVAC system maintenance tips that you can do yourself. Before you turn on your air-conditioning unit, make sure to clean the outside part of it. Remove dust, any unwanted debris, and others. It is important to place the outside unit in an area with enough space for the air to circulation.
4. Install a programmable thermostat
If you are still using the old thermostat, then this spring is the right time to upgrade it. A programmable thermostat lets you control the temperature of your unit through your computer or smartphone. This can be really handy especially when you are at work during the day or away from for a vacation. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat will help you save on your electric consumption for up to 20%.
5. Do air duct cleaning
Another important part of spring maintenance for your HVAC system is duct cleaning. It is recommended to have your air duct cleaned by a professional HVAC technician. Duct cleaning will improve the air quality inside your home, giving you cleaner air by removing dust, air toxins, pollen, allergens and others that have accumulated in the duct system in the past months. Aside from that, a clean air duct will also improve the efficiency of your HVAC system without working extra hard and reduces the risk of fire hazards.
Finally, don’t forget to schedule an HVAC system tune-up and safety inspection. You may have done your part in maintaining your unit, however, there is nothing better than having it checked by a licensed HVAC technician. They will be able to do a thorough inspection of your system and deal with potential issues before it could worsen.