You can find spring cleaning checklists all over the Internet, and most of them include simple details for general tidying up. So, how do you make sure your comfort system is also maintained this season? Follow this DIY Spring HVAC checklist to keep an efficient and effective comfort system throughout the spring and summer.
Inside Spring HVAC Checklist
Change Your Filter
Starting with the simplest, and easily most important step in your DIY spring HVAC checklist, it’s time to change those filters! Over just a couple months, your filter goes through a lot. It’s constantly catching particulates that shouldn’t be circulating through the air in your home, to keep your family breathing cleaner, healthier air. The longer you go without changing your filter, the less effective it becomes at doing its job. On top of leaving you with less clean air, it can also raise your energy bills because it’s not performing as efficiently as it should. Change your filters every 1-3 months in the spring and summer.
Clean Air Vents
Have you taken a look at your air vents lately? It’s possible they’re covered in dust, pet hair, and plenty of other debris. For a simple cleaning, dust and vacuum your air vents to remove loose particles that could detach and enter the air you breathe. For a deeper cleaning, remove vents from the floor or ceiling and wash in warm, soapy water. Once dried, reinstall them and you’ve got clean vents! This will keep your air clean and allow for better airflow which could save you money on your energy bills.
Also make sure vents are not blocked by furniture, curtains, toys, or other obstructions to ensure proper ventilation and maximum efficiency.
Clean the House
Dusting the ceiling fan, cleaning windows, wiping down walls, and vacuuming carpets all contribute to a more efficient and effective HVAC system. You’d be surprised at the amount of mold, dust, and other allergens lingering around your home. While the filter of your comfort system can catch particles floating through the air, it can’t do much with particulates on surfaces. Cleaning the house will leave you breathing easier, and it will allow your comfort system to not have to work as hard.
Install An Air Purification System
While your comfort system itself can’t do much about particulate matter on surfaces, an air purification system can, while also eliminating up to 99.9% of particulates in the air. Air purification systems have been proven to help in nearly eliminating dust, pet dander, mold, viruses, and other allergens from every square inch of air that your comfort system reaches. This leaves your HVAC system not working as hard, saving you money and allowing your family to breathe easier at all times.
Learn about the air purification systems offered by Spencer Heating & Air here. spring HVAC checklist
Invest In A Smart Thermostat
If you don’t currently have a smart or programmable thermostat, you could be missing out on tons of savings, especially during peak seasons of extreme temperatures like the hot summers we experience in Auburn. These thermostats allow you to set temperatures on a schedule so you can save money even when you’re not at home.
Learn more about the programmable thermostats offered by Spencer Heating & Air here. spring HVAC checklist
Outside Spring HVAC Checklist
Clear Around the Outdoor Unit
Your outdoor unit needs adequate space and airflow to operate properly. Check outside around the outdoor unit and clear any debris including sticks, leaves, or weeds on or next to the unit. If tree limbs hang over the unit causing it to need regular clearing, you could consider trimming the limbs back or removing the tree. When the unit is clean, the system operates more efficiently and lasts longer.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance
There’s only so much you can do from outside your comfort system. The professionals at Spencer Heating & Air are trained to get inside every aspect of your system to ensure it’s working properly all year long. Our system tune-ups include:
- Filter inspection
- Inside coil inspection
- Primary & secondary drain line inspection
- Blower components inspection and cleaning
- Lubrication of all moving parts
- Inspection and tightening of all loose electrical connections
- Monitoring of air conditioner operating pressures for proper refrigerant charge
- Monitoring of voltage and average draw on all motors and heaters
- Air conditioning and heating cycles monitoring
- Inspection and cleaning of heat exchanger and burners
- Gas pressure adjusting
- Inspection and adjustment of pilot operation
- Monitoring flue draft for safe operation
- Safety operation testing
- Adjusting of air flow for proper temperature rise and fall
- Thermostat operations inspection
Preventative maintenance allows your system to run efficiently and last longer while also saving you from costly repairs when you need your air conditioner the most. Learn more about the maintenance plan offered by Spencer Heating and Air here.
To sign up for a maintenance plan with Spencer Heating & Air, visit our website at https://spencerheatingandair.com/maintenance-plans/. We care about the comfort of your whole home and want to help keep you cool this spring and summer.