Get Your Home Ready for Summer with HVAC Maintenance

You’ve been hibernating away from the cold, but March is the month when things start happening. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be excited to leave winter in the dust and embrace the promise of spring. Amid the flurry of straightening up and cleaning, don’t forget your furnace and air conditioning system. The fact is, spring is the prelude to another hot summer, making this a perfect time to get your HVAC system in the best shape. Unsure what spring cleaning your HVAC system entails? Include these actions to your March home maintenance checklist.

Replace the Air Filter

The air filter is a critical part of your furnace or air conditioner, protecting your finely tuned home comfort 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 uphold indoor air quality. Otherwise, replacing your HVAC filter with a new one every three months is adequate. In addition to trapping and removing airborne pollutants more efficiently, a clean filter promotes better airflow to boost system efficiency by up to 15%.

Check the Condensate Drain

Your air conditioning system doesn’t only cool your home—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to carrying away extra moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the system’s hose should be leak-free and properly placed. Glance at your condensate drain whenever you replace the filter to keep your system running efficiently—and also help you spot early signs of water damage.

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

Before turning on the air conditioner 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 minimize the impact on your energy costs while helping you breathe better.

Give Your Home a Good Cleaning

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

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

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet explored programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a great time to consider this reasonably priced upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a huge difference in your home’s comfort and energy usage. Start by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re in the home. Next, set up automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day. With recovery periods planned for your arrival time, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without losing comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these perks a step further by allowing you to make adjustments remotely. You can also monitor your energy use in a mobile app and get tailored, cost-cutting advice.

Check Your Ductwork and Insulation Levels

Ductwork can develop leaks that decrease air quality and increase your energy bills. Sealing these leaks helps your HVAC equipment function more efficiently and circulate clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork so air conditioned air doesn’t leak out of your system.

Clean the Outdoor Unit

The exterior condenser unit can become filled with debris during the cold season. Here’s how to give it a good cleaning this March:

  • Remove leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from near the unit.
  • Carefully wash off the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Trim adjacent shrubs and grasses to keep a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Inspect the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Get in touch with a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat arrives. 

Try Out Your HVAC Unit

After finishing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to turn on your AC. Run it for several minutes to make sure its working. If you encounter any issues, verify your thermostat is set correctly before contacting a professional for help.

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