Traditionally, the beginning of spring has been considered an ideal time to deep clean your home. As you spring clean your home, don’t forget to take care of your HVAC equipment. Here are the steps you should take to prepare your HVAC system for the warmer temperatures ahead.
Replace Your Filters
The first step in preparing your HVAC system for spring and summer is replacing your furnace and air conditioning filters. Dirty filters affect your air conditioning system’s efficiency and performance, leading to a reduced level of comfort and higher energy bills. During the summer and other periods of heavy usage, ensure you clean or replace your filters every month.
Turn Your A/C Unit On
Give your air conditioning unit a test run by turning it on and running it briefly. If you notice any problems, have a certified HVAC professional address them.
Maintain Your Smoke and CO Detectors
Although you’ll run your furnace less during the spring, smoke and carbon monoxide can infiltrate your home from other sources such as gas appliances and machinery. Replace the batteries of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Vacuum the detectors as well to ensure they’re operating at peak performance.
Inspect Your Ductwork
Leaky ductwork can significantly lower the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. Inspect all your ducts and seal any holes and cracks you come across.
Clear Obstructions Around the Outdoor Unit
Your system’s outdoor unit contains a very important component, the compressor. Ensure you remove plants, leaves, tree limbs and any other obstructions away from the unit.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Early spring is an ideal time to schedule preventive maintenance. This service ensures your system gets the necessary repairs and tuneups to keep it running at peak efficiency, saving you money on energy bills and extending the life of your equipment.
By taking these steps, you’ll lower the chances of your system breaking down during the summer. If you’d like to get more useful tips on preparing your HVAC system for spring, please contact us at Stack Heating & Cooling. We serve the Greater Cleveland area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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