If you think preparing your HVAC system for winter is where it all ends, then you couldn’t be more wrong! After winter comes the season to ‘spring’ into action against all the winter clutter and your regular HVAC maintenance.
Spring is the perfect time to do some cleaning and maintenance since the climate is just right for it. You’re just about done with the cold winter months, and it’s not yet too hot like in the summer! Extreme temperatures tend to put too much stress on your heating and cooling systems, so it’s best to take care of them during spring, when things are more mellow.
If you’re unsure where to start, here are some tips you can follow to prepare your HVAC systems for spring cleaning.
Inspect for General Wear and Tear
The harsh winter months can take their toll on your HVAC systems. Before you can do any cleaning and maintenance, you need to do a thorough inspection of the entire system first. Here are some of the places you can check:
- Air Ducts
- Refrigerant Lines
Change Your Air Filters
Take advantage of the changing seasons to change out your air filters. Over the winter months, your air filters could have accumulated a lot of dirt and allergic material. Leaving your air filters clogged can also resort to poor airflow and higher energy costs.
By changing your filters every 30-90 days, you ensure that you maintain the healthy indoor air quality in your home.
Clean the Air Ducts
Another important thing to consider to keep your home’s good air quality is to schedule a professional duct cleaning service. It doesn’t have to be as often as changing your air filters; in fact, duct cleaning should be done only every 5-7 years. Have your technician test the ducts for cleanliness and air-tightness in the meantime.
Examine the Condensate Piping
This is where all the condensation is collected and drained away in the system. If left unchecked, it can lead to costly repairs and can cause mould growth or even flooding.
Part of doing HVAC maintenance is to make sure the pipe and the drain are properly connected, and that there are no damages to them. If your condensate piping and drain aren’t working properly, you risk damaging your entire HVAC system.
Reset the Thermostat
Switching over your thermostat setting is like the official ceremony that winter is over. Depending on your system’s model, there are different settings to change to transition your home to the warmer seasons.
With a programmed thermostat, change it to the cooler settings, since the temperature still isn’t as hot as summer. You may need to make some adjustments in the following weeks, so watch out for your home’s general temperature ranges. Be sure to check if all the rooms in your house are getting an even amount of ventilation as well.
If you think spring cleaning covers only your home and backyard, you couldn’t be more wrong. After winter comes the perfect time to do some maintenance for your HVAC systems. It’s great to prepare this early for the subsequent summer months to ensure your HVAC system is working in optimal condition.
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