6 Spring HVAC Tips
Springtime is an exciting time of change for the world, and your HVAC system is no exception. After being used to heat your home for months on end, spring represents a transition of duties for your home’s HVAC. Normally, this is a seamless transition, but there are still many things you can do to make sure that your HVAC system is working its best this spring. Here are the top six tips:
1. Replace Your Filters
After a long winter of running a furnace, it is common for the filters to become dirty or clogged. This has two impacts. First, it means that the air you breathe is not as clean as possible. Dirty filters can lead to a musty or dirty odor throughout the house. Further, dirty filters require your HVAC system to work harder and less efficiently. By having to push air through a clogged filter, your HVAC system will use more energy to achieve the same goal. Luckily, cleaning or replacing your filters is an easy job that can be done in minutes.
2. Clean Any Debris Around Your Air Conditioner
Over the winter, it is common for leaves, branches, and other debris to accumulate around exterior air conditioning units. This accumulation is not only unsightly, but it can also cause your AC unit to be clogged or malfunction. To prevent any issues, simply inspect the condition of your AC units and remove any debris from the top or sides of the unit.
3. Clean Your Bathroom Fans
When performing HVAC maintenance, people often forget about their bathroom fans. While these vent fans are not directly connected to your HVAC system, they still perform an important duty of removing moisture and circulating air. Just like air conditioning or heat vents, bathroom vents need to be cleaned periodically. Springtime provides a fantastic opportunity to remove the covers of your bathroom vent fans and ensure their cleanliness.
4. Check the Drainage Hole of Your AC Unit
An air conditioning system does not just make the air colder. Rather, it also serves the important role of removing undesired moisture from the air. This humidity is exhausted using a vent hole on the side of the air conditioning unit. This drain can easily become clogged, and the risk is higher during periods of misuse. It’s important to visually inspect this drainage hole before turning on your air conditioner for the first time of the season. Further, once the AC is running, check to ensure that water is draining from the unit properly.
5. Install a Smart Thermostat
While not a maintenance item, installing a “smart” thermostat during the springtime could be a great idea. These devices have never been more widely available, more capable, or more affordable. With a smart thermostat, you can regulate the temperature of your home remotely. Or, you can schedule your HVAC to automatically reduce its power consumption during the day while you are at work. It is even possible to have the system adjust automatically with the weather.
These devices are not only convenient, but they also save you money by increasing efficiency as well. Although these are fairly simple to install, many homeowners prefer to have the installation done by a professional, such as the experienced technicians at Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning.
6. Clean Your Registers and Vents
In addition to the furnace and register filters, it is important to clean your vents as well. Over the winter, it is common for vents to become dusty or dirty. Cleaning them before running your air conditioning is a great way to make sure that you are not inadvertently introducing dust or mold into the air. Simply wiping them down with a damp soapy rag will only take a few moments but can make a world of difference.
Modern HVAC systems are incredibly reliable and do not often require repairs. However, just a little springtime maintenance is a fantastic way to make sure that your HVAC system is running at its best efficiency for years to come. Of course, it is often best to seek the opinion of an expert whenever inspecting your HVAC system. Thus, if you have questions about HVAC maintenance, repair, or upgrades, do not hesitate to contact a professional like the qualified experts at Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning.
Whether it is a small job or a complete overall, it is important to know that any work done to your HVAC system is completed to the highest standards. We provide comprehensive heating and cooling services to residents in Puyallup, WA, and the surrounding area. Give us a call to see how we can help you.Tags: HVAC Maintenance, HVAC Tips, Spring