6 HVAC Tips to Get Your Home HVAC ready for Spring
By danasheati76702826, Mar 28 2019 04:03PM
6 Maintenance Tips to Get Your HVAC Ready for Spring!
It might not feel like it yet, but warm weather and the start of spring are right around the corner. And with that warm weather comes blooming flowers, more time spent outdoors, and spring holidays, but it also means getting your home ready for a new season. You might already have spring cleaning on your mind, but to keep your home safe and comfortable and your utility bills low, spring HVAC maintenance should be on the top of your to-do list.
Review Your Heating Costs
Before we dive right into your spring HVAC maintenance list, now that winter is coming to an end it’s the perfect time to review your winter heating costs.
Take some time to calculate your total heating costs this winter, and compare them to previous years. If you notice an increase in your energy bills but think you’ve been using the same amount of heating, it might be time to upgrade your heating system.
If you know your heating system is new or in good condition, then an energy audit is a great way to find out why your utility bills increased this winter. You might just need to improve your insulation and sealing in the right spots.
Change Your Furnace Filters
Regularly replacing your furnace filters has so many benefits, but it’s especially important during your spring HVAC maintenance. These filters work hard to catch all the dust, dirt, allergens, pet dander, hair, and other particles and pollutants and keep them from circulating throughout your home.
After a long winter, it’s a safe bet that your furnace filters have become dirty and clogged. Changing them in preparation for spring will ensure that your home air quality stays clean and clear as allergy season sets in.
Plus, changing your furnace filters also means less strain on your system, leading to maximized efficiency, fewer breakdowns, and lower utility bills.
Clean Your Unit
Whether you covered your outdoor unit with a tarp or not, spring is the perfect time to make sure it’s clean and clear. Chances are you haven’t spent much time outside your home this winter, and likely haven’t noticed your outdoor unit. During this time overgrown foliage, trash, residue, and other particle and debris may have accumulated around your unit.
Keep your system performing optimally and prevent any malfunctions by cleaning all of this off.
While you’re taking the time to clean your outdoor unit, give your indoor air vents a check too. For optimal heating and cooling, you want your vents to be clear of dust, debris, and other obstacles like furniture and rugs.
Check for Damaged Ducts
Your air duct’s play an essential role in keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so keeping them damage free is a big deal.
According to the Department of Energy, typical air ducts lose 25 to 40 percent of heating or cooling energy put out by HVAC systems. One of the biggest causes of this energy loss is leaks and cracks in ductwork.
So as the weather begins to warm up, keep your air conditioned air in your home while saving money and boosting the life span of your HVAC system by making sure your ducts are leak and crack free.
Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Another way to help boost the efficiency and lifespan of your HVAC system is to have your ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts cleaned is especially useful around the springtime to ensure optimal air quality in your home.
Our expert HVAC team can let you know if your ducts are due for cleaning during your scheduled HVAC maintenance.
Schedule Your Spring HVAC Maintenance
Changing your air filters, checking your ductwork, and cleaning your outdoor unit are great maintenance moves you can make yourself, but to really ensure your HVAC system is ready for the spring and summer months, it’s time to schedule your spring HVAC maintenance.
A lot goes into a maintenance checkup for your cooling system to ensure yours works as best as it can. Here’s some of what will be inspected: