A Handy HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s that time of year again! Winter is coming to an end, which means we are all getting the bug to clean. It’s time to clear out the clutter that accumulated over the winter, and get your home ready for spring and a whole new refreshing year ahead. An integral part of any spring cleaning agenda should include a part of your home that most of us don’t even think about: your HVAC system. Here are a few spring cleaning tasks that you should have on your check.

Vacuum Your Vents

Air vents work by either sucking air into them or blowing it out. We often don’t even think about them (unless something gets lost down one!), but their basic function necessitates that they attract dust that can get caught in the grates – a lot of it. If you vacuum the vents semi-regularly, then this dust won’t get blown all throughout your home when you next turn on your central air or home heating system. It’s a great thing to check off your list during the annual spring clean, and it can keep you from undoing all your hard work by mistake! 

Change Thermostat Batteries

Thermostats are much like smoke alarms in that digital ones are likely to give you some kind of auditory warning when they’re about to die, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, the battery runs down and you might not even be aware. But, your AC won’t turn on if the thermostat can’t detect temperatures higher than you’ve set. Spring cleaning is a great time to simply change the battery, and not have to worry about it for another year. 

Clean the Condenser

The condenser is the part of your HVAC system that brings in air from the outside of the house. Over the course of the winter months, this can become filled with dirt and grime from the inclement weather outside. It’s important to clear this, to prevent unpleasant odors from permeating your home and to keep your air conditioner in peak working order. 

Clear Debris Outside

In addition to dirt and grime, your outside condenser might also have attracted weeds and other forms of debris over the winter months. Clearing this away allows the unit to function at maximum efficiency,  and it keeps your yard looking pristine and well-put together.  

And Most Importantly: Change your filter! 

Last but certainly not least, is the most important step of all: changing your air filter! Your HVAC system is working year-round to keep the air in your home free of irritants, pollutants, and allergens. All of this gets caught up in your air filter, which gets fuller and less efficient with time. Changing this out allows your unit to work at maximum efficiency, and keep you breathing easy year round. 

We know you rely on your HVAC system just about year-round. It is important to maintain routine maintenance to keep energy costs down and prevent unplanned repairs as best as possible. Fortunately, we are here to help! Take a look at our HVAC Maintenance Plan for more details! Contact us today to schedule your HVAC maintenance in Raleigh, NC today!

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