HVAC Spring Cleaning. Though this winter has been a chilly one, we’ll be turning the corner into spring before we know it. If you’re like many people, the changing seasons mean you’ll be doing some extra chores around the house for spring cleaning. When you’re making your checklist, don’t forget to include HVAC spring cleaning. Knocking out a few simple HVAC maintenance items will help ensure your system is in the best shape possible when the heat begins to crank up.
✓ Pick Up Around Your Outdoor Condenser
First things first, your HVAC spring cleaning checklist should always include cleaning up any excess leaves, dirt, or debris that have accumulated around your outdoor unit. Once the buildup from winter has been cleared away, you should also trim any nearby plants to allow for 1-2 feet of clearance all the way around the condenser.
✓ Change the Air Filter
This is something you should be doing every 30-90 days, depending on the brand of filters you use. Keeping your air filters fresh will allow your HVAC system to work at peak performance, as it keeps harmful dust, debris, and particles out of your unit. It also keeps irritants and allergens out of the air you breathe. Plus, replacing a dirty filter can actually impact your energy efficiency by up to 5%.
✓ Clean Your Registers
HVAC spring cleaning is a great reason to clean your air vents and registers. To clean the grills, first, remove them from the vents, vacuum off any loose debris, then wash with warm water and mild soap. Additionally, when you’re cleaning your vents, be sure that all of the vents are open and letting air through properly. If you have furniture, rugs or any other household items covering your registers, use this as an opportunity to rearrange your layout so you aren’t blocking your AC or furnace’s output and wasting money on air that can’t circulate.
✓ Adjust Your Thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, like the ComfortLink™ II XL1050 from Trane, it may be an investment worth seriously considering. Programmable thermostats can save you on your energy costs and will allow your AC to keep your home cool while expending less energy. Adjusting your programmable thermostat to keep your home cooler at night when you’re there and warmer during the day while you’re at work will help you ease into the warmer season without a huge spike in your energy costs.
✓ Contact Your Local HVAC Technician
Whether you’re looking for seasonal HVAC maintenance for your unit, or are looking to upgrade to a more energy-efficient system (like the Trane XV20i TruComfort™ Variable Speed), the experienced technicians at Air Tech of Humble can help. To set up a service or repair appointment, or to learn more about our selection of units by Trane, contact us today!