Spring is here, and you know what that means—spring cleaning! However, the inside of your home isn’t the only thing that needs it. As you start to turn off your furnace and prepare to turn on the air conditioning for summer, the spring is the perfect time to do some spring maintenance on your HVAC unit to make sure it is ready to go.
Here is our Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist that every homeowner should do:
1. Change Your Air Filter
The air filter in your HVAC unit is meant to help improve the air quality inside your home by trapping airborne particles like allergens and dust. However, if you have an old or dirty filter in your unit, it restricts airflow. It can foster mold growth while also causing your heating and air conditioning systems to work harder, consume more energy, and raise your monthly energy bills. For best performance, we recommend changing your filter every 30 to 90 days.
2. Check & Clean Your Ducts
Early spring is the best time to get your ducts inspected and cleaned to ensure you have excellent indoor air quality. Professionals like Supreme can help check your ducts for holes, leaks, and cracks that need repair while cleaning them of dust, mold, and other allergens that have built up over the winter months.
3. Clear & Inspect Your HVAC Unit
Since your HVAC unit is outside, it is subject to all the elements, from sunshine to rain and snow. So especially after the fall and winter months, debris is likely to have built up around your unit. Clean up the leaves, branches, dirt, and plants that are within 2 ft. of your system. This is also the perfect time to check your unit for any damage that could have happened over the winter that you need to get repaired.
4. Test Your Air Conditioning
Don’t wait for the first 90-degree day to turn on your air conditioner. Testing your air conditioner in the spring gives you time to get it repaired or replaced now, avoiding an inconvenient surprise when you really need it.
5. Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you haven’t yet, consider installing a smart thermostat. It is one way you can keep your HVAC unit running efficiently and reduce your energy costs as we start to get into spring and summer. Programmed to help maximize your HVAC unit’s energy usage, it can help extend your HVAC’s lifespan by optimizing temperatures and reducing the stress and wear on the system. We offer various Bryant® and ecobee programmable thermostats and controls that put comfort control at your fingertips.
6. Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment
After you’ve done everything on the list above, you should schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment with professionals like Supreme PHC. Supreme’s team will do a more detailed inspection of your unit to identify any potential problems and fix them now before it’s too late. Repairing or replacing a part now could save you money and time in the long run and is essential to keeping your system working for as long as possible. Schedule your spring HVAC maintenance appointment with Supreme today!