HVAC spring cleaning! Most Americans use the spring season as an opportunity to tackle some cleaning around the house. Whether you go all out for spring cleaning, or just address a project or two, don’t forget about seasonal maintenance for your HVAC system. Your furnace and air conditioner are key components in making sure your home is a comfortable place to live. By performing simple upkeep during your HVAC spring cleaning, you can help ensure your system will be ready to go when the temperatures start to rise.
Step #1: Clean Your Registers
HVAC spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean your registers. First, remove the grills from the vents. Vacuum any loose pet hair, dust or debris. Then wash with a mild soap in warm water.
Furthermore, when cleaning your vents, be sure none of them are being blocked by furniture, rugs, or other household items. If your vents are blocked, your heated or cooled air can’t circulate freely, meaning you’re paying for something that you aren’t using. When cleaning your vents, take the time to make sure all of them are open and obstacle-free.
Step #2: Pick Up Around Your Outdoor Unit
Over the winter, leaves and other debris tend to build up around your outdoor condenser. Your HVAC spring cleaning checklist should include raking away any excess leaves, soil, or mulch, as well as trimming any nearby plants. Your outdoor unit should be given a berth of 1-2 feet all the way around.
Step #3: Change Your Air Filters
One of the most simple, yet effective ways for HVAC maintenance is to regularly replace your air filters. Depending on the brand you use, they should be changed every one to three months. Your air filters are responsible for filtering dust, debris, and other pathogens both out of the air you breathe and out of the air that is cycled through your unit. If your old, dirty filters are letting dirt and other particles get into your system, it can cause major damage down the line. Additionally, changing your dirty filters can actually improve your energy efficiency by up to 5%, helping you stay comfortable and saving you money.
Step #4: Adjust Your Thermostat
If your home isn’t equipped with a programmable thermostat, like the ComfortLink™ II XL1050 from Trane, it’s an investment you should consider, as it’ll save you money in the long run. If you do have one, make sure to adjust it so your home is warmer during the day when you’re at work and cooler at night when you’re home. This will allow your HVAC system to keep you comfortable without working too hard when you’re not even there.
Step 5: Contact Your Local HVAC Professionals
When spring cleaning your unit, you never know what you might come across. If you need help repairing a broken unit, or if you’re looking to upgrade your unit to something more efficient, like the XV20i TruComfort™ Variable Speed by Trane, our highly-skilled technicians at Air Solutions are here for you and your family’s home comfort needs. For more information about our heating and cooling system selection, or to schedule an appointment for repair or maintenance, contact us today at (409) 962-2476, or visit us at airsolutionstx.com/contact.