Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC Unit
Spring Cleaning and your HVAC System
While most people focus their spring cleaning efforts on their home, you should also consider cleaning your HVAC unit each season. This will go a long ways towards extending the life of the system through preventative maintenance. It will also help you keep the system operating at peak efficiency so that you save money while cooling your home.
Clear out around your exterior unit
You want to trim vegetation back at least 24" from your exterior HVAC unit. This includes cutting away shrubbery near the unit as well as any tree branches. This will maximize the airflow and improve the unit's performance. You will also want to use a garden hose to spray off the top of the unit where leaves, dust, and other matter has settled.
Replace your filter
It is very important to change out your filter in the spring. If you have a clogged air filter the system has to work extra hard, which can drive up energy costs and reduce the lifespan of your system. You can decrease the energy cost of running your HVAC system by as much as 15% by keeping a clean filter in place. After replacing the filter you should check it every month and replace it once it shows signs of becoming clogged.
Have your ducts cleaned
You will need to call in an HVAC professional for this task. They will use specialized equipment to remove all of the dust and debris in your ducts. This will make the air in your home much cleaner and healthier. It will also help reduce allergic reactions. Additionally, a clean duct system means your HVAC unit will last longer.
Clean your registers
A lot of things can collect on registers which end up in the ducts. You should remove the registers from the vents and then wash them in the sink. Also, make sure that you don't have furniture or carpets over the top of registers which will block them from being able to effectively cool a room.
Install a programmable thermostat
If you don't have one yet than spring is the perfect time to put a programmable thermostat in place. It will save you money while helping you keep your home at comfortable temperatures whenever someone is home.
Spring is also a great time to call in a professional HVAC professional to tune-up your system or make any necessary repairs. By having your system professional inspected and maintained you can assure yourself of years of comfort and reduce the likelihood of an expensive breakdown occurring at the height of summer. Contact Christian Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to get started.