Get Your Home Ready for Summer with HVAC Maintenance

You’ve been hibernating all winter, but March is a time of year when things finally start to warm up. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be anxious to brush off the cobwebs of winter and focus on spring. Amid the flurry of straightening up and cleaning, don’t ignore your heating and cooling system. Because spring is the prelude to another blistering summer, making this an ideal time to get your HVAC system in tip-top shape. Not sure what spring cleaning your HVAC system involves? Include these things to your March home maintenance checklist.

Change the Air Filter

The air filter is a critical part of your HVAC system, protecting your finely tuned home comfort equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Routinely change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you have pets that live in the residence or someone in your home has allergies, change the filter up to once a month to preserve indoor air quality. Otherwise, replacing your old filter with a new one every three months is sufficient. In addition to ridding your home of airborne pollutants more effectively, a clean filter promotes better airflow to improve system efficiency by up to 15%.

Tend to the Condensate Drain

Your AC doesn’t simply cool your home—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to carrying away unwanted moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the attached hose should be leak-free and properly placed. Take a quick look at your condensate drain every time you replace the filter to keep your system running smoothly—and also help you spot warning signs of water damage.

Increase Your Home’s Airflow

Before firing up your home’s air conditioning system for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to let the spring air flow into your residence. If you notice an excessively stuffy interior before taking this step, you may benefit by adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade expels stale, contaminated air to the exterior and brings in 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 easier.

Deep Clean Your Home

Extensively 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 locations:

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

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet discovered programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a perfect time to consider this reasonably priced 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 going to be inside the residence. Then, set up automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day. With recovery periods scheduled 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 modifications remotely. You can also check your energy use in a mobile app and get customized, cost-cutting recommendations.

Check Your Ductwork and Insulation Levels

Ductwork may develop leaks that compromise air quality and raise your energy expenses. Sealing these leaks helps your air conditioner run more efficiently and move clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork to keep the air cool on its way to supply registers throughout your home.

Hose Debris From the Outdoor Unit

The exterior condenser unit collects debris throughout the cold season. Here’s how to clean it out this March:

  • Clear away leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from around the unit.
  • Carefully rinse the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Trim surrounding shrubs and grasses to maintain a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Inspect the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Contact a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat arrives. 

Turn on Your HVAC Unit

After completing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to try out your AC. Let it operate for several minutes to verify it is producing cool air like it should. If you experience any trouble, double-check the thermostat settings before contacting a professional for help.

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If your air conditioning system needs expert help this spring, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is the company to call. Our HVAC solutions help keep your home comfortable and energy efficient all year-round. Enjoy fast, long-lasting solutions to all your comfort issues, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We mean it—if you’re not completely happy with our work, we’ll make it right. For a spring-ready HVAC system that provides efficiency and peace of mind, call 866-397-3787 to reach the heating and cooling authorities at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today.

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