As we near the time for annual spring cleaning, schedule time for cleaning your HVAC unit, too. This is the best way to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) and prep your air conditioner for summer.
Before tackling your home, clean and prep your HVAC system first. You’ll likely have to dust and vacuum after cleaning the system anyway, so this will save you some work.
Clean & Change Air Filter
Maintaining a clean air filter not only improves your home’s IAQ but also promotes efficiency and can prolong the life of your air conditioner. The rule of thumb is to check and clean the filter at least once every 3 months. If you have pets in the home or family members who suffer from allergies, asthma, or lung conditions, clean the filter monthly.
Run a vacuum over all the air vents and registers in the home. Dust and debris easily settle and collect inside and around the openings of your ventilation system. Afterward, wipe down the vents with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust.
Program the thermostat for warmer temperatures while you’re at work, and cooler ones when you’re home. This helps cut down costs on your monthly energy bill.
Clean Off Outdoor Unit
Clear any leaves, dirt, and debris from the exterior air conditioning unit. Be sure to keep weeds and plants at least two feet away from the unit to maximize airflow. Trim bushes and trees that grow too close to the unit, as well.
Turn on the air conditioner and let it run while you look out for odd sounds, odors, or behavior that may indicate HVAC service is needed. Check the vents to make sure the air coming out is cool and consistent.
Don’t delay AC repair if your air conditioner isn’t running as it should – minor problems can easily lead to large ones. To learn more about HVAC spring cleaning or to schedule a preventative maintenance appointment, reach out online or call Deljo Heating and Cooling today.