Spring Cleaning Starts with HVAC
Spring is just around the corner and we all know what that means, right? Spring cleaning! While you’re taking the time to sort through closets of old clothes and drawers full of kitchen gadgets, don’t forget that spring cleaning starts with HVAC. While it’s easy to wipe up the dust that’s collected over the winter, pause and ask yourself where that dust came from. If you’re seeing more than normal, it could be your HVAC system that’s causing the buildup.
Replace Your Air Filter
The first “to-do” on your HVAC spring cleaning list should be to change your air filter. After a long winter of keeping your house warm, the air filter in your HVAC system needs to be replaced. But, why is this so important? Honestly, replacing your air filter is a big deal. The first stop for all the air that flows into your home is the air filter. After months of use, especially if you have a pet, your air filter could be filled with dust, dander, and even microbial growth! A dirty air filter is an ineffective air filter, that’s why you need to change it twice every year, once before furnace season, and once before air conditioning season.
Wash and Caulk Your Windows
As the days start to get longer, don’t forget to let that sunshine in! One way you can maximize the impact of your HVAC system is by working with the world’s natural heating system; the sun. Clean windows will help sunlight naturally heat your home, saving you money and energy. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check for any cracks around your window frames. Though they seem small, significant amount of heat can escape through these cracks during the winter, and excessive cool air can be lost during the summer.
Clear the Weeds
Weeding the garden is one of the pivotal to-do’s during spring cleaning; just don’t forget the foliage around your condenser unit. All plants should be at least 2-3 feet away from the condenser. Any foliage blocking the condenser can restrict air flow, and even be sucked into the fan and coils. Also, trees should be trimmed so they are not covering the condenser. Any branches or fallen leaves could be subject to long bouts of hot, dry air, which is a fire hazard.
Replace the Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Don’t wait until you hear that annoying little chirp, stay ahead of the game and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Adding this little task to your spring cleaning HVAC list will save a lot of headache over time, and potentially your life.
Clear your Clutter
Piles of stuff around your home can cause excess dust and can cause other issues with indoor air quality. While you’re going through your home, think of things you can downsize and cluttered corners you can organize or clear out. Dust is eventually trapped in these piles can cause bad allergy symptoms. If you’re going into your basement or attic to go through stuff, it might be a good idea to wear a mask for protection.
Schedule a Tune-Up with Moore Home Services
The best way to prepare your HVAC system for spring is to schedule a tune-up with one of our skilled, professional HVAC technicians. Moore Home Services can answer all your HVAC related questions and even help with some of the things on this list—like replacing your air filter. Simply reach out to our friendly call center representatives or fill out the form linked here. Our Diamond Certified HVAC technicians serve Santa Rosa, Marin county and surrounding communities. To meet your HVAC technician, reach out to our friendly call center representatives, or schedule an appointment online.