Spring Cleaning: How to Keep Your HVAC System in Tip-Top ShapeApril 9th, 2021
Many homeowners start making a spring cleaning list around this time of year. There is something about the new life of spring and warmer weather that makes us want a fresh start in our home. Did your HVAC system make your spring cleaning checklist? When you prioritize preventative care for your HVAC system, you can prolong its life and ensure that it is ready to perform when you need it this spring and summer. Our professional technicians at Ferguson Heating and Air Conditioning Company compiled a list of easy DIY maintenance tips to keep your unit functioning properly.
Start on The Outside
Most HVAC systems have a condenser located outside of the home. The fan on top of the unit is crucial for expelling hot air during the warmer months. Over time, dirt, debris, and pollen can gunk up the blades and cause the fan to not work as well. A dirty condenser will have to work much harder to produce the hot or cold air you requested. You can clean the outside with a hose. Never utilize a pressure washer as this will damage your unit. And while you’re at it, go ahead and trim the plants and trees growing over or around the unit.
Check and Change Your Filters Consistently
Your filter is important for helping your HVAC unit run properly and capture impurities in your air. Your HVAC system will not run as efficiently, and your air quality will suffer if you neglect your air filters. Wasted energy will also make your utility bills more expensive. Put it on your calendar to check and clean your filter every month. Plan to change your filter at least every 3 months. Filter changes are important for everyone, especially if you have pets and/or people who suffer from allergies, asthma, or respiratory issues in your home.
Clean Your Drain Line
One of the functions of your HVAC system is to remove excessive moisture from the air. The moisture is collected in your home and then drained to the outside. You can clean your drain line with a vinegar mixture or even bleach. Find where the drain terminates on the outside of your home and look for algae and mold buildup and clean accordingly.
Seal Up Your Windows and Doors
Check your doors and windows to make sure they are sealed well. Making sure your home is sealed will save you money in cooling/heating costs, as well as ensure your system will run efficiently and not be overworked. Seal doors with weatherstripping and windows with caulk, so you will not be air conditioning your whole neighborhood!
Schedule a Checkup For Your HVAC Unit
We recommend scheduling a professional inspection twice a year to ensure all aspects of your unit are functioning properly. Discovering you have an HVAC problem when it is 90 degrees outside is pretty unfortunate. By having a spring inspection, you can ensure everything is working properly before you are dependent on your AC every single day. Our Eagle Vision Maintenance Plan includes these sort of maintenance visits. If you need an inspection or want more information about our maintenance plan, reach out via phone or through our website.
We are here to ensure your HVAC system is ready for the summer season. Give us a call today! The Ferguson Heating and Air Conditioning Company family can help you check HVAC maintenance off your spring cleaning list.