It’s officially spring which means it’s time for some deep cleaning around the house. Along with the floors, windows and the general dust and grime that come with the winter months, now is a great time to give your home heating and cooling some attention.
Why should you start your spring cleaning with your HVAC equipment?
Having clean HVAC equipment improves the overall air quality in your home and can help to reduce springtime allergy symptoms, keeping you and your family healthier. It can also help your equipment run smoothly all season long, allowing you to avoid costly repairs and keeping your family cool during the warm months.
HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist
Ductwork circulates air through your home all day long and can collect a buildup of dust and debris over time. Especially after the winter months, examine your ductwork, clean what you can and decide if you need to consult a specialist. You can opt for a professional cleaning to start the season off fresh and may even want to consider Aeroseal, a duct sealing process that can increase indoor air quality and save you money on energy bills.
Examine filters to see if they need to be replaced. HVAC filters should be changed regularly to keep your equipment running correctly and to maintain your indoor air quality.
Clean Register Grills
Use a vacuum hose or a wet rag to clean registers, removing dirt and debris that has accumulated over the winter months.
Clean Around Your Units
Now is a great time to clean up around your HVAC equipment, especially if it’s outdoors. The space around your furnace and AC units should be well maintained and free of dust, furniture and clutter inside, and bushes, debris, leaves and tree branches outside.
Test the AC
You don’t want to get to the hottest day of the year only to find out that your AC isn’t working. If you haven’t used your unit yet this season, turn it on to make sure it’s working properly. If you notice anything such as improper cooling, strange noises or a funny smell, call your local HVAC experts immediately.
Set Your Programmable Thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, revisit the current settings to see if they still apply and adjust as necessary. At this point, you may want to turn it to the “cool” setting. Think about your spring and summer schedule and program the thermostat accordingly. An optimal temperature for “home” times in the warmer months is 78 degrees. When you aren’t home, set the thermostat to rise to the highest temperature as comfortably possible for maximum efficiency and cost savings.
Dust Ceiling Fans
Especially if you haven’t used your ceiling fans all winter, dust them off thoroughly before turning them on so they don’t spread dust and other allergens all over your home.
There’s only so much you can do on your own before consulting a professional. Call your local HVAC company to schedule your regular maintenance appointment. During this appointment, your equipment will be inspected to ensure safety and cleaned so that it can run efficiently.
Follow this checklist and your HVAC equipment should be ready for the warm months ahead. Be sure to call Crown Group Ohio with any questions or concerns!