Good news for homeowners is that checking your AC is a lot like checking your heat, making it a seamless process. Here are five tips for making sure that your HVAC is actually ready for the Spring season.
1. Clean the Air Ducts
Many people assume that since they were running the heat all winter, their air ducts are clean because they’ve had heat all winter. This is a myth. Just because you ran your heat all winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do a little spring-cleaning on those air ducts. One of the reasons being is that there could have been a longer period between the two where you turned your HVAC system off because the weather was so nice. This time period of having your HVAC system off gives dust the perfect chance to accumulate in those ducts. Last but not least, cleaning the air ducts will at least give you, the homeowner a sense of security knowing that the ducts are clean for the upcoming season.
2. Inspect the Actual AC Unit
It doesn’t matter if you use a window unit or a central air conditioning unit, what does matter is that you actively inspect the physical unit itself. Checking the physical unit can save you a lot of agony and time. Physical AC Units can possess leaks, damages, or other potential costly problems that could cost you thousands of dollars if they go undetected. Once you inspect the actual AC unit, you can move on to the third step. But remember, check the unit before turning the switch to the ON position!
3. Have It Professionally Inspected
You might be thinking, “How much is this going to cost me?” To which I would answer, “Not as much as it would if you didn’t get it inspected!.” Getting your HVAC professionally inspected before the start of spring can insure you and your family / business that your HVAC will run smoothly the entire season.
4. Clean Area Around AC Unit
You want your home or business to look appealing on the outside, right? If you answered yes, then you absolutely must clean your AC unit, as well as the area round it. Not only does this add curb appeal to your home or business, but it could save you some time and money. Cleaning the area around the AC unit can reduce the chances of having any dirt, grass, or flowers caught in the unit. However, be careful when you clean the unit. Make sure that you are using a product that doesn’t damage the condenser coils.
5. Replace Your Filters
Last but certainly not least is making sure to replace your filters. This should be done every season, not just from Winter to Spring. Why should you replace your filters? It’s simple. Replacing your filters minimizes allergens in the air as well as optimizes the air flow for maximum comfort and efficiency. Once again, we recommend that you change your filters every season, which lasts approximately three to four months.
What’s on your checklist for spring-cleaning your HVAC?