Spring is when most homeowners turn off their furnace for the season and switch on the air conditioner. However, it’s not always as simple as just flipping the thermostat. A few simple maintenance tasks can help ensure your heating and cooling equipment functions properly throughout the seasonal transition and the warm months ahead.
How to Take Care of Your Heating & Cooling Systems This Spring
1. Clear Around the Outdoor Unit
Your outdoor AC unit is the most visible part of the system that produces dehumidified, cool air for your home. Airflow around the unit is essential to enable outdoor air to flow through the coils and remove the heat pulled from your home. If weeds, tall grass or overgrown branches are blocking the unit, trim them back to maximize this airflow and increase the efficiency of your cooling system.
2. Change the Filter
Your heating and cooling systems likely use the same ventilation system, so any buildup that accumulated in the ducts and filters over winter can impact your spring indoor air quality. It’s important to change your HVAC filters throughout the year, usually every one to three months. However, it’s especially important during the spring, since seasonal allergens can accumulate in the filter quickly.
3. Clean the Vents & Registers
Spring is also the perfect opportunity to clean in and around your vents and registers, along with your other spring-cleaning tasks. This will remove dusty buildup from winter and help your system run efficiently. Your HVAC contractor can clean the inside of your ductwork, but you should remove visible dust and debris from the areas you can reach.
In addition to the steps above, schedule a preventative maintenance visit with your HVAC contractor. Our professional team at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon, OH, can clean the coils on your AC, check your air ducts for leaks and blockages, and make sure your equipment works efficiently through the season. We work with a variety of heating and cooling systems, and can even install new equipment if needed. Visit our website to see a full list of our services, or call (740) 392-5667 to schedule an appointment today.