Spring is just around the corner. It brings with it bright, cheerful days. You won’t be restricted to the four walls of your house any longer. Spring is a time when many people can open their doors and windows, and leave behind their HVAC systems. Weather permitting.
It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pay attention to your HVAC system. It’s actually a good idea to pay attention to your HVAC system so that it’s available when you need it.
Preventative maintenance is the best way for your HVAC system to perform at its peak when it is most needed. Unfortunately, homeowners often focus more on their HVAC system than they do their gutter cleaning or lawn raking.
HVAC Maintenance Tips
Winter weather can cause havoc to your HVAC system. For example, outdoor and indoor units can become clogged with debris. This spring HVAC maintenance checklist will help you prepare for the cooling season. It will also improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Give your A/C some breathing space
If you are new to this, your A/C unit will be located outside of your house. It’s not necessary that it is located outside.
Most people forget to care for their lawns in winter. Leaves and branches can build up around the outside unit and cause problems until warmer weather.
A properly functioning system will be ensured by keeping the area clean. To remove smaller particles, vacuum the fins of the A/C unit after clearing out the bulky debris. This ensures that your system can take in enough air to properly regulate the temperature of your home.
You should also make sure you check your plants for any overgrowth once they start to grow. To run at its best, your A/C unit requires approximately two feet of space between each side. Be careful about planting around your unit. You need to consider how big your plants will grow. Clear and tidy units are essential to ensure high efficiency and reliability.
Give the A/C an opportunity to prove itself.
This is the simplest tip you will ever hear: turn on your air conditioner.
It’s a good idea to give your A/C unit a test run if you haven’t used it in the winter. It’s worth giving it 30 to 60 minutes to run after cleaning. Then, take a look at how it functions both inside and out. Is there anything that looks or sounds amiss?
It is similar to a trial run with any equipment. This gives you an opportunity to spot anything unusual about your unit before it becomes more serious.
Change your filters
There are many benefits to replacing your HVAC filters regularly, but especially during spring maintenance. It’s likely that your HVAC filter is clogged after a long winter.
Air filters are the first line of defense against air pollution in your home. It traps all particles and pollutants in the air and prevents them from getting into your home. It is not unusual for symptoms such as dry throats, dry nose passages, fatigue, or cold-like symptoms to develop when your filter cannot trap allergens like dust, pollen, or dander.
We recommend that you change your air filter every season. It’s one of the easiest maintenance tasks but it’s also one of the most important.
Make it a habit to inspect your air filter every month, and then replace it within three months.
Healthy indoor air quality is also dependent on the performance of your filter. The air quality is affected if the filter is dirty or clogged. It makes it harder for your air conditioners to work properly, which can lead to poor airflow, increased wear and tear, and higher energy costs.
Make sure to check the drainage hole
The base of most A/C units has a drain hole. It is usually located just below the evaporator fins. To ensure that the unit functions properly, the drainage hole must be cleaned. You can use a paperclip or thin wire to poke through it and check it is breathable.
Check for any leaks and clean your air ducts
Although air ducts are designed to bring conditioned air into your living space, the shape of the ducts can lead to a buildup in dust and grime. Even if your HVAC system works well, clogged or dirty ducts can block conditioned air from reaching your living spaces. Clean out your ducts to maintain a healthy HVAC system. This will create a comfortable indoor environment. To remove any dirt or dust visible, a vacuum cleaner equipped with an extender rod is able to do the job.
You can clean your vents with a rag and warm soapy water if you are able to reach them. You can also remove the ceiling or wall covers with a screwdriver for a deeper spring cleaning. Use a broom or a vacuum to clean out any dust in the ducts.
We recommend that you schedule a professional duct cleaning every three to five years in order to improve indoor air quality and comfort. An HVAC contractor will be able to tell you the condition of your air ducts during a professional tune-up. You can also talk to the technician about testing your ducts for cleanliness or air tightness.
Your ductwork could be the cause of problems like a musty odor, inconsistent temperature, or high humidity. Routine maintenance includes a check of your ductwork for any air leaks. Leakages can cause the conditioned air to escape from the living space before it can enter.
Did you know that air ducts can lose between 25 and 40 percent of the heating or cooling energy generated by an HVAC system, according to the Department of Energy? Leakages and cracks in the HVAC system are the main causes of energy loss.
If you find leaks in your HVAC system, contact North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air immediately to have the problem fixed.
Other issues such as mold growth could also be found in the ductwork. Mold spores can cause a variety of health problems, particularly for people with pre-existing conditions. You can either remove small amounts of mold yourself or hire a professional to address larger mold problems.
Thermostats should be checked
The thermostat is an important component of your HVAC system. It sends signals to the heating or cooling units when it is working correctly.
If your heater or air conditioner isn’t working properly, it might be that the thermostat is constantly on and off or the temperature in the room is lower than it is set.
Book a preventative maintenance appointment
The HVAC system is one of your most important investments. It also helps to maintain your indoor comfort. While you can do some maintenance yourself such as cleaning the outdoor unit, changing the air filters, and checking the ductwork, it is important to have your HVAC system professionally checked.
Preventative maintenance sessions with an HVAC professional are the best way to avoid any summertime problems. Having your HVAC system maintained professionally is the best way to save money, and prevent costly repairs.
An HVAC contractor in North Myrtle Beach is trained to spot potential problems and make repairs before they become serious. He or she will inspect the unit, make any repairs necessary, and replace any worn parts.
Call North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air now and schedule a spring maintenance service for your HVAC system.
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