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Get Your Home Ready for Summer with HVAC Maintenance

You’ve been hibernating all winter, but March is a time of year when things finally start to warm up. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be anxious to leave winter in the dust and throw open the windows. Amid the flurry of straightening up and cleaning, don’t ignore your heating and cooling system. Because spring is the prelude to another sweltering summer, making this a perfect time to get your HVAC system in good shape. Unsure what spring cleaning your HVAC system involves? Include these actions to your March home maintenance checklist.

Replace the Air Filter

The air filter is an extremely important piece of your heating and cooling system, protecting sensitive equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Consistently change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you have pets in the household or have allergies, change the filter up to once a month to maintain indoor air quality. If you don’t, replacing your old filter with a new one every three months is enough. In addition to trapping and removing airborne pollutants more effectively, a clean filter promotes better airflow to boost system efficiency by up to 15%.

Examine the Condensate Drain

Your air conditioning system doesn’t just cool your home—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to removing extra moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the connecting hose should be leak-free and correctly placed. Check on your condensate drain every time you replace the filter to keep your system running efficiently—and also help you spot warning signs of water damage.

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

Before switching on your AC for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to let the spring air flow into your residence. If the air inside your home often feels stale or stuff, think about adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade expels stale, contaminated air to the exterior and replaces it with clean, fresh air from outside. Certain equipment pre-cools and dehumidifies incoming air to decrease the impact on your energy expenses while helping you breathe cleaner, healthier air.

Give Your Home a Good Cleaning

Extensively cleaning your home complements your HVAC maintenance checklist by decreasing the amount of dust and allergens that move through the system. Pay special attention to these items:

  • Wipe down ceiling fan blades.
  • Seal gaps near windows and doors using caulk or weather stripping.
  • Clean the grime out of sliding glass door tracks.
  • Clean the coils located beneath or behind the refrigerator.
  • Wipe off light fixtures and exchange old incandescent bulbs for energy-saving LEDs.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet explored programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a perfect time to think about this budget-friendly upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy usage. Begin by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re going to be inside the residence. Then, plan automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when no one is home during the day. With recovery periods scheduled for when residents of the home will return, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without sacrificing comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these advantages a step further by giving you the power to make changes remotely. You can also track your energy usage in a mobile app and get customized, cost-cutting advice.

Have Your Ducts Sealed and Insulated

Ductwork sometimes can develop leaks that decrease air quality and increase your energy expenses. Sealing these leaks helps your cooling system operate more efficiently and move clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork to keep the air cool on its way to supply registers throughout your home.

Clean the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor condenser unit collects debris while hibernating over the icy-cold months. Here’s how to clean it out this March:

  • Clear away leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from near the unit.
  • Carefully hose down the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Remove adjacent shrubs and grasses to maintain a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Study the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Contact a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat arrives. 

Test Your HVAC Unit

After finishing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to try out your air conditioner. Allow it to run for several minutes to make sure its working. If you experience any problems, double-check the thermostat settings before contacting a professional for help.

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If your air conditioning system needs professional attention this spring, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is the team for the job. Our HVAC solutions help keep your home comfortable and energy efficient all year-round. Count on fast, long-lasting solutions to all your comfort problems, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. That’s right—if you’re not absolutely happy with our work, we’ll make it right. For a spring-ready HVAC system that provides efficiency and peace of mind, call 866-397-3787 to reach the heating and cooling professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today.

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