A Good Spring Cleaning: An HVAC Maintenance Checklist for March

You’ve been hibernating away from the cold, but March is the month when things start happening. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be excited to brush off the cobwebs of winter and focus on spring. Amid the flurry of decluttering and cleaning, don’t ignore your HVAC system. Because spring is the prelude to another blistering summer, making this a great time to get your HVAC system in good shape. Unsure what spring cleaning your HVAC system entails? Include these tasks to your March home maintenance checklist.

Replace the Air Filter

The air filter is an extremely important piece of your HVAC system, protecting your finely tuned home comfort equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Consistently swap out the air filter according to the manufacturer’s suggestions. If you have pets in your home or someone in your home has allergies, change the filter up to once a month to uphold indoor air quality. If you don’t, replacing a dirty filter with a new one every three months is sufficient. In addition to trapping and removing airborne pollutants more effectively, a clean filter promotes better airflow to increase system efficiency by up to 15%.

Tend to the Condensate Drain

Your AC doesn’t just cool your residence—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to removing extra moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the connecting hose should be leak-free and properly placed. Take a quick look at your condensate drain every time you replace the filter to keep your system running properly—and also help you spot early signs of water damage.

Get the Air Moving

Before turning on the air conditioner for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to let the spring air flow into your residence. If you notice an excessively stuffy interior before taking this step, think about adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade blows stale air outside and swaps it for clean, fresh air from outside. Certain equipment pre-cools and dehumidifies incoming air to reduce the impact on your energy costs while helping you breathe easier.

Spring Clean Your Home

Meticulously cleaning your home complements your HVAC maintenance checklist by decreasing the amount of dust and allergens that flow through the system. Pay special attention to these items:

  • Clean off ceiling fan blades.
  • Seal gaps around windows and doors using caulk or weather stripping.
  • Scrub sliding glass door tracks.
  • Vacuum debris out of the coils located beneath or behind the refrigerator.
  • Dust light fixtures and swap old incandescent bulbs for energy-saving LEDs.

Adjust Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet discovered programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a great time to consider this reasonably priced upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy use. Begin by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re in the home. Then, program automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day. With recovery periods set for when you will be back home, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without compromising comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these perks a step further by enabling you to make adjustments remotely. You can also track your energy consumption in a mobile app and get customized, cost-cutting tips.

Check Your Ductwork and Insulation Levels

Ductwork can develop leaks that decrease air quality and increase your energy bills. Sealing these leaks helps your HVAC equipment operate more efficiently and move clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork so air conditioned air doesn’t leak out of your system.

Hose Debris From the Outside Unit

The exterior condenser unit collects debris throughout the icy-cold months. Here’s how to clean it out this March:

  • Rake leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from near the unit.
  • Delicately hose down the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Remove nearby shrubs and grasses to maintain a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Study the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Consult with a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat sets in. 

Try Out Your HVAC Unit

After finishing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to try out your air conditioner. Allow it to run for several minutes to make sure its working. If you discover any issues, verify your thermostat is set correctly before phoning a professional for help.

Schedule Air Conditioning Solutions in Columbus with Stevenson Service Experts

If your air conditioning system needs professional service this spring, Stevenson Service Experts is the company to call. Our HVAC solutions help keep your home comfortable and energy efficient all year-round. Enjoy fast, long-lasting solutions to all your comfort problems, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You read that correct—if you’re not totally happy with our services, we’ll make it right. For a spring-ready air conditioning system that promises efficiency and peace of mind, call 614-334-3192 to reach the heating and cooling authorities at Stevenson Service Experts today.

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