Spring has sprung! Let this blog be your annual reminder to include your HVAC system in any spring cleaning efforts.
How should you do that? Read on to find out…
Indoor HVAC Unit
The changing of the seasons is an opportune moment to change your HVAC filter. After all, you’re supposed to do this at least every 90 days. If you have a pet or you suffer from an allergy, you should probably be changing your filters more frequently, though.
This will ensure that your air conditioner will function effectively. In fact, replacing a dirty HVAC filter has the potential to seriously increase your unit’s efficiency levels.
You’ll usually find filters to fit your unit at your local hardware store. Make sure you record your model number and the size of your current filter so you buy the same again. You can ensure your filter is of the highest quality by opting for one with a MERV rating of at least 7.
Remember to check your condensate drain too. Its purpose is to collect the moisture that your air conditioning coil produces. Ensure that the hose connecting the tray to the drain is in position and free of any leaks. Otherwise, your HVAC unit could become damaged by overflow.
Clean Your Supply Vents
The next step you can take is to check that the registers in your home are open and that air is passing through them freely. That means furniture or soft furnishings shouldn’t be blocking the output of your air conditioner.
You should also wash your grills by removing them from the vents and vacuuming them to remove any dust or dander. The last step is to wash them off using warm water and soap.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Is your thermostat programmable? If not, you might consider investing in a new model before the heat of summer arrives. Not only can it save you a fortune in energy, but it also means you can “set it and forget it” for the season.
This will ensure your house is kept comfortable. For even more impressive technology, consider a smart thermostat that will adjust automatically as the weather changes.
Dust Electronics and Lights
When dust accumulates, it prevents your electrical devices from running as efficiently as they could. Get to your fans to clean buildup that has gathered around the blades. Once you’ve cleaned your fans, turn them on! They’ll circulate fresh air, improving its quality.
You should also check your refrigerator coils, as any dust in this area will force your motor to work harder, thereby consuming more energy than necessary.
Outdoor HVAC Unit
Finally, you should remove any leaves or dirt that has built up around your outdoor HVAC unit. Cut back plants that are growing nearby to ensure it has at least 1 or 2 feet of clearance in every direction.
Turn the power off then clean the fins of your AC with a vacuum’s brush attachment. If you notice any damage to your external panels, it’s time to call out an HVAC technician!
Once you’ve completed these steps, run your system and put it to the test. If you’re concerned that it isn’t working as it should be, contact the experts at Beehive HVAC. We’ll inspect it and perform any required repairs.