As you mark items off your spring cleaning checklist this season, don’t forget about your HVAC system!
At On Time Home Services, we always encourage our customers to keep their unit clean and schedule a maintenance check-up on their unit by a professional technician at least once annually. Here are all the ways you can maintain your HVAC this spring before the summer heatwave begins.
Spring Cleaning at Home
Here are some of the things you can do to incorporate your HVAC unit into your spring cleaning routine.
- Change Your Filter
In order to keep your HVAC unit running efficiently and your indoor air quality clean and free from dust, pollen, and other air pollutants, it’s important to change your air filter at least once every 90 days. In homes that are prone to extra allergens like pet hair, it is ideal to change your filter once every 30 days. If you can’t remember the last time you put in a new filter, that definitely means it is time to add that to your spring cleaning to-do list.
- Clean Your Vents
Unscrew vent covers and wipe them down. Clear dust away from the inside of the air duct. This will help cut down on dust and airborne allergens that might still be floating into your indoor air and landing on your furniture.
- Clear Outdoor Debris
Next time you mow the lawn or work on reviving your flower bed, take some time for your HVAC unit. Thoroughly examine the exterior for any dents, damage, or leaks you might not have otherwise noticed. Clear away any stray leaves, grass, dirt, or other debris from the area surrounding your HVAC unit. Wash away dust or pollen collected on the coils with your garden hose. Be very careful not to spray water near any electrical units.
- Adjust Your Thermostat
Program your thermostat to automatically stick to ideal energy-saving temperatures throughout the day. During time periods when no one is in the house, the temperature can be raised or lowered a few degrees to save energy without sacrificing comfort. You might be amazed at how much money this small change can save you on your monthly utility bill.
Spring is the perfect time to schedule an annual maintenance check-up for your HVAC unit. With temps that are mild, homeowners tend to rely on their units less during the Spring. If you put off routine maintenance and problems within your unit go undetected, it might fail during the hottest part of the summer when it has to work the hardest! Avoid melting in the heat this summer while you wait for your unit to be repaired or replaced by calling a licensed HVAC technician and scheduling maintenance this spring.