Spring is the perfect time to do some deep cleaning in your home. While spring cleaning typically involves decluttering and organizing your home, don’t forget to put HVAC maintenance on the list! After a long, cold winter, your HVAC system will be in need of some extra maintenance. Your system, your wallet, and your family will thank you!
Why is HVAC Spring Maintenance So Important?
Your HVAC system has been working extra hard to keep you warm over the winter. After working overtime for the last few months, it’s crucial that you inspect your system to make sure it’s still running properly. This will help you avoid costly repairs and extend the life of the system. Plus, there are a few extra chores to help your system run smoothly, improve energy efficiency, and lower energy bills as we move into the cooling season.
HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist
Check Your Thermostat
One of the best and simplest things you can do to lower your energy bills is to ensure your thermostat is functioning well. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, spring is the perfect time to get one. This way, you can program your thermostat to run less when you aren’t home, which saves a surprising amount on your energy bills.
You can also consider installing a smart thermostat for more advanced technology. If you do have a programmable thermostat, check to make sure it’s functioning properly. Most importantly, check that the displayed temperature on the thermostat matches the actual air temperature. Now is also a good time to update the settings and schedule of your thermostat.
Check the Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector
Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are crucial to your family’s safety. If it’s not working properly, your HVAC system could potentially cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home. You should have at least one of each installed in your home, and they need to be checked regularly to ensure they’re working properly. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless, and tasteless, so a working detector is extremely important. Be sure to check the batteries and make sure there’s no dust in the detector that would prevent it from working.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Your HVAC system’s outdoor unit is exposed to the elements and could have obstructions. Any vegetation like grass or weeds in the area should be removed, as well as debris. Make sure there are no obstructions within two feet of the unit so that it can properly take in air. Any growth can hurt the airflow efficiency of your air conditioner, making your energy bills even higher.
You can also have an HVAC professional stop by to fully clean, inspect, and maintain your air conditioning unit to improve it’s lifespan and keep your home cooler and more comfortable this summer.
Change Your Furnace Filter
After working hard for the winter, your furnace filter will have taken in plenty of dust, debris, and dander. All of these pollutants prevent your furnace from running with high energy efficiency, so once spring comes around, you should be swapping out your old filter for a new, clean one. This will also improve the indoor air quality, as pollutants and other allergens won’t be spread around your home.
Check Your Ductwork
Just like your furnace filter, ductwork can accumulate contaminants, so it’s important to check your ductwork and have them cleaned out by a professional duct cleaner. You should also check the ductwork for any leaks or holes, as these can cause the loss of up to 30% of the air, significantly raising your energy bills.
Hire A Professional
If you find any issues while you’re doing your maintenance check, be sure to call in a professional. DIY repairs and maintenance are cost-saving in the short-term, but rarely in the long-term.
Even after doing your best to take care of your HVAC system, it’s a good idea to hire a professional for some extra maintenance. They’ll be able to take a more detailed look at your system and identify any missed or potential issues that could turn into something worse down the road.
Get a Free Quote
Spring is a great time to upgrade your HVAC system, whether you need a new furnace or air conditioner, or you want to add features like zoning, humidifiers, or high-quality air filtration systems. Get your free quote from Max Heating and Air Conditioning today to learn more about how to get your perfect HVAC system.