When the temperatures begin to warm and spring arrives, there are always many things to do around the house: yard cleanup, landscaping, and the like. But one thing that many homeowners miss when it comes to spring cleaning is the HVAC system. Though it may not be used as often in the spring, doing some simple maintenance will help it run smoothly in the summer and the winter to come.
Allergies often flare up late winter to spring, and if it’s properly maintained, your HVAC system can be an ally when it comes to keeping allergens low in your home. Maintaining it properly and keeping it clean will also help to extend the life of your furnace and AC unit.
Here are some simple tips to keep your HVAC system clean this spring.
Clear The Area Around Your AC Unit
You don’t want your AC unit to work harder than it has to when summer arrives. An easy way to extend the life of your AC unit is to clear the area around your AC unit of tall grass, debris, and other things that may have collected there over the winter.
A professional cleaning may also benefit your AC unit and it may be worth it to change the filter as well. This may help to lower your energy bills during the summer months.
Change The HVAC Filters
Changing your furnace filter and your AC filter is one of the easiest things you can do to help keep your heating and cooling system clean. It will also trap allergens. Furnace filters are inexpensive, and most of the time, you can simply switch one out for the other. Often, HVAC filters are located near the blower, return duct, or return air grill. Locations, however, may vary.
Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Most people don’t think about air ducts when it comes to spring cleaning, as they’re often out of sight and out of mind. But they can collect allergens such as mold, dust, pet hair, and more.
An HVAC professional can clean your air ducts of such debris that can lead to allergies during the summer months. This cleaning covers the ducts themselves, the air supply, registers, and fans.
Have A Professional Cleaning Done
When in doubt, and in order to check for problems that might occur when you use your air conditioning in the summer, you can call your HVAC company to come out and do a professional cleaning. A technician will be able to clean out your furnace, and while he or she is doing this, they may uncover potential problems before they become expensive repairs.
In fact, the best time to have your AC system cleaned and inspected is in the spring. The good news is that such a cleaning is inexpensive and it’s an excellent way to keep your cooling system going for many years to come.
When it comes to spring cleaning, your HVAC system is an important, but overlooked part of the job. However, giving it the attention it deserves will keep you and your family comfortable during the hot summer months and beyond. We’re ready to aid you with your busy spring cleaning schedule here at Southeastern Mechanical Services. Contact us today.