HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist
Your HVAC system is an essential component of your home. It keeps you in a comfortable-feeling environment whether it's the dead of winter or the scorching hot days of summer. To ensure that your system is operating at its peak this spring, you should be running through the spring cleaning checklist for your HVAC unit below.
Change Out Air Filters
An essential part of your HVAC system is the air filter. This is where all the air gets filtered prior to being re-circulated throughout your home. It's best to change out your dirty air filters when they get to the point where you can't see through them anymore. Each HVAC system will have its own type of filter. The best on the market are those that have HEPA filtering as they attract 99.97 percent of allergens in the air. If you have small children or multiple pets, you should upgrade to the HEPA filters to ensure you can maintain good air quality throughout your home.
Next up, duct cleaning is a necessity when it comes to your HVAC spring cleaning checklist. The ducting system runs throughout your entire home and can collect unwanted debris overtime. It's best to call in a professional to handle the duct cleaning for your home. While they're cleaning the ductwork, they can even alert you of potential problems like leaks and mold.
Check For Two Feet Of Clearance Around Your Outdoor Unit
Your HVAC system will come with an outdoor condenser unit. This is typically placed at a discrete area right against the exterior of your home. As a good rule of thumb, you should have at least two feet of clearance around the entire unit. This way, things like leaves, brush, and vines can't overcrowd the system. If this debris gets into the grates or blocks them on your outdoor condenser unit, it can decrease the unit's efficiency.
Visually Inspect Your Vents
It may seem pretty obvious that you need all of the vents open for your HVAC system to function appropriately. The truth is that many people end up placing items over the vents or in their direct line of airflow without even knowing it. This hinders the cooled or warmed air from effectively reaching the space it's supposed to. Instead, you should do a visual inspection of all the grates in your home. Ensure there is nothing physically blocking the vent itself. Then, consider the airflow coming from the vent. If there is any obstruction in this airflow path, you should move those items.
Call Us Today
If you need some assistance with your HVAC spring cleaning, then it's time to give the experts at Master Mechanical a call. We'll come out and help you prepare your HVAC system for the scorching hot days of summer.