It's finally springtime! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the temperatures are starting to warm up. Spring is the perfect time of year to do some spring cleaning around your house. While you might be cleaning out your closet and putting away your winter clothes in storage, one spring cleaning task that you may not have thought of is taking care of your HVAC system. In this blog post, Hedrick's Service Now will provide a spring cleaning checklist for your AC unit. By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your HVAC system runs smoothly all summer long!
Clean the Outdoor Unit
The first thing you'll want to do is turn off the power to your AC unit. This can usually be done at the breaker box. Once the power is off, you can start cleaning the outside of the unit. Be sure to remove any debris, such as leaves or dirt, that has accumulated over the winter months. The area around your outdoor unit should always be clear of any debris, so make sure you clean this area regularly.
Replace Your Air Filters
Once you've finished cleaning the outside of your AC unit, it's time to move inside. First, check your air filter and replace if necessary. Your air filter helps remove dust, pollen, and other airborne particles from the air in your home. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and cause your AC unit to work harder than it needs to, decreasing your home’s indoor air quality and the overall performance of your AC system. We recommend vacuuming any dust that has accumulated on the coils of your AC unit. These coils are located in the air handler and help remove heat from the air. We recommend checking your air filter monthly and replacing it every three months for best results.
Adjust Your Thermostat
During the winter, your home's heating system works hard to keep you warm. As a result, your thermostat is likely set to a higher temperature than it will be during the summer months. When spring arrives, it's time to start slowly turning down your thermostat to be closer to the outside temperature. This will help ease the transition for your HVAC system and prevent it from working too hard in the warmer weather.
Check Your Vents
Next, take a few minutes to check all of the vents in your home. Make sure that they are not blocked by furniture or other objects and are open and unobstructed. Blocked vents will cause uneven cooling throughout your home and will cause your AC system to overwork itself to push the air through the vents. So, help improve airflow and ensure that your AC unit runs more efficiently by keeping your vents clear.
Schedule Seasonal AC Maintenance
By scheduling seasonal AC maintenance, you can help extend your system’s lifespan and keep it running smoothly for years to come. Keeping up with HVAC maintenance will not only give you peace of mind that your system will be working at maximum efficiency, but it will also save you money in the long run on costly repairs.
By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your HVAC system is ready for summer. Be sure to check your air filter monthly and clean the coils of your AC unit at least once a year. By taking good care of your HVAC system, you’ll be able to receive maximum comfort in your home, no matter what season it is. Give us a call at (214) 509-6029 or contact us online to schedule your seasonal maintenance appointment today.