Spring Checklist: Knock Off the Dust 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 leave winter in the dust and embrace the promise of spring. Amid the flurry of decluttering and cleaning, don’t neglect your furnace and air conditioning system. Because spring is the prelude to another sweltering summer, making this a great time to get your HVAC system in the best shape. Not sure what spring cleaning your HVAC system entails? Include these things to your March home maintenance checklist.

Swap Out the Air Filter

The air filter is an extremely important piece of your furnace or air conditioner, protecting delicate equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Routinely replace the air filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have pets in your home or someone in your home has allergies, change the filter up to once a month to preserve indoor air quality. Otherwise, replacing your HVAC filter with a new one every three months is enough. In addition to removing airborne pollutants more efficiently, a clean filter promotes better airflow to boost system efficiency by up to 15%.

Tend to the Condensate Drain

Your air conditioning system doesn’t simply cool your residence—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to getting rid of unwanted moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the system’s hose should be leak-free and correctly placed. Check on your condensate drain while you replace the filter to keep your system running smoothly—and also help you spot warning signs of water damage.

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

Before switching on your AC for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to allow fresh air into your home. If you notice an excessively stuffy interior before taking this step, think about adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade blows stale air outside and swaps it for 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.

Spring Clean Your Home

Meticulously cleaning your home complements your HVAC maintenance checklist by decreasing the amount of dust and allergens that circulate through the system. Pay special attention to these locations:

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

Adjust Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet explored programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a very good time to consider this affordable upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy consumption. Start off by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re at home. Then, plan automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when everyone is out of the home during the day. With recovery periods planned for when residents of the home will return, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without sacrificing comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these perks a step further by giving you the power to make modifications remotely. You can also keep track of your energy consumption in a mobile app and get customized, cost-cutting tips.

Have Your Ducts Sealed and Insulated

Ductwork can develop leaks that compromise air quality and raise your energy costs. Sealing these leaks helps your air conditioner operate more efficiently and circulate 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 Outside Unit

The outdoor condenser unit can become filled with debris while hibernating over the winter. Here’s how to give it a good cleaning this March:

  • Rake leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from around the unit.
  • Delicately wash off the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Cut back nearby shrubs and grasses to keep a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Check the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Consult with a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat takes hold. 

Test Your HVAC Unit

After completing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to try out your air conditioning system. Let it operate for several minutes to make sure its working. If you encounter any issues, double-check the thermostat settings before calling a professional for help.

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