With snow on the ground and cold weather still ahead in the forecast, you may not be putting much thought into warmer months. But it’s not too early to starting looking ahead to Spring. Follow these spring cleaning maintenance tips to smoothly transition your HVAC system into the next season and help to reduce energy costs.
- Check the air filters: Changing the air filters is a simple fix and something that you should do at least once a season if not more. Clogged filters can increase energy costs by 15% or more and damage your system as it struggles to function. Swapping them out or cleaning them will also help to improve air quality and reduce allergens in your home, such as mold and dust.
- Do some yard work: Clear sticks, branches, leaves, grass clippings, and other debris away from your outside unit. This will help to promote airflow and reduce damage to your system.
- Examine the unit: While you are at it, inspect your outdoor unit for any damage that may have occurred over the winter, such as dented or missing panels. These panels are intended to protect you and the system, so be sure to notify your technician if there is a problem especially if electrical components are composed. If it’s safe to do so, you should also go ahead and hose down your unit to remove dirt and grime.
- Inspect the ducts: Turn on your system and listen for unusual sounds, such as grinding, clicking, or rattling. These noises could indicate loose or leaky ducts, a frayed belt, or issues with the motor. Duct cleaning can also reduce the amount of wear and tear on your system and promote air flow.
- Schedule a tune-up: While there are definitely preventative steps the homeowner can take, it’s important to also call in a professional. A certified technician will examine ducts for leaks, check refrigerant levels, lubricate unit components, inspect electrical connections, clean coils, and more.
Lastly, be sure to contact your HVAC technician to sign-up for an annual seasonal maintenance contract. Regular HVAC preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation, peak performance, and priority during peak times and discounts off parts/labor.
Following these tips will extend the life of your unit and reduce monthly energy costs. Don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information!