How to Prepare HVAC for Spring
Spring is finally here, and with it, we’ll finally have warm weather, blooming flowers, and a return to enjoying the outdoors. Of course, for many people, the springtime also means dealing with allergies, hay fever, and lots and lots of pollen and dust. It’s also possible that the winter has left the air quality in your home in poor condition. The cold and wet winter air can contribute to the growth of toxic mold, and the constant recirculating of stale winter air causes dust and pet dander to pile up.
That’s why it’s a good idea to make sure your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is in good shape during the spring months. Spring is also the perfect time to make sure winter didn’t leave any lasting damage and to get your air conditioning ready for the hot summer months ahead.
Here’s how to prepare HVAC for spring:
Make a Maintenance Checklist
The first thing you’ll want to do is take care of some basic maintenance. This should be done at least once every year, and spring is actually the best season to do it. If you wait until summer or winter to do your maintenance, it’s possible you’ll have to deal with a breakdown during one of the busiest times for HVAC technicians. The last thing you want is to be sweating in your home on a hot summer’s day, waiting for your air conditioning repairman to arrive!
So always take advantage of the temperate spring months to handle any preventative maintenance you may need. The first thing you’ll want to do is make a checklist.
First, check the technology connected to your HVAC system and make sure it’s in good working order. Take a look at the thermostats in your home and ensure they’re working properly. Far too many homeowners lose out on money and are forced to endure uncomfortable summer and winter months, all because of a faulty thermostat. Regular checkups and maintenance will nip these problems in the bud. It’s also a good idea to have your thermostat upgraded or replaced with a new one every few years or so. Call your HVAC specialists at Entek to ensure you’re using the latest technology to make your heating and cooling systems run with maximum efficiency.
The air filters in your home need to be regularly replaced, but just how regularly depends on the type of use they’re getting. On average, you can put new air filters in every three months or so, but some homes will need to have them replaced far more often. It’s a good idea to check the air filter in your home every month—no matter the time of year—and replace it whenever it looks like it’s getting dirty or worn out.
Keep in mind that a dirty air filter will mean poor air quality in your home. This will lead to more allergies and increased incidences of asthma and other bronchial problems. Not only that, clogged and dirty air filters will make your HVAC system struggle to circulate air, leading to poor performance from your air conditioner or heater. Make checking the air filters a crucial part of your HVAC checklist.
Your HVAC system circulates air through your home by way of a system of ducts; if you’re using your air conditioning, the air will be cooled and carried to every room in the house. Similarly, if your heater is turned on, your HVAC system will use those ducts to deliver warmed-up air to any given room.
Over time, however, the ducts in your home can develop leaks. As air escapes through these leaks, your air conditioner and heating system become much less efficient, leading to a dramatically increased energy bill. That’s why it’s a good idea to inspect the ducts in your home at least once a year and make any necessary repairs. Having the ducts in your home properly sealed can actually increase the efficiency of your HVAC system by 20 percent or more, saving you money and keeping your house comfortable.
A Thorough Cleanup
As air circulates throughout your home, so too does dust, pet dander, and pollen. The springtime can be especially bad for this, as blooming flowers release thousands of tons of pollen into the air all around you. As all this debris circulates through your home, it will start to pile up, eventually leading to dirty ducts and piles and piles of dust all around your HVAC unit. To prepare HVAC for spring, you absolutely must take some time to do a thorough cleanup of your ducts and around your indoor and outdoor units.
Not only can all that extra dirt, dust, and pollen reduce the air quality in your home, it can also reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. Once again, that means a bigger energy bill and a home that may be uncomfortable during the hot summers and cold winters. The springtime is perfect for cleaning all around your heating and cooling units, as well as checking the ducts themselves to ensure they are clean and in good condition.
Have a Professional Tune-Up
While you should be regularly checking your HVAC system on your own and making sure everything is in good working order, you’ll also want to get a professional in there regularly. A full diagnostic and tune-up should be performed at least once a year, and the springtime is the perfect time for it.
As we’ve mentioned, summer and winter tend to be the busiest times for HVAC technicians, and that means they’re the worst times for you to deal with a catastrophic breakdown. Avoid this by getting a professional from Entek to perform a checkup in the off-season. They’ll fix any potential problems—before they become catastrophes—and ensure your HVAC system is working at maximum efficiency. Prepare your HVAC for spring and save time, money, and headaches throughout the rest of the year.