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 finally start to warm up. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be eager to brush off the cobwebs of winter and embrace the promise of spring. Amid the flurry of organizing and cleaning, don’t neglect your heating and cooling system. The fact is, spring is the prelude to another hot summer, making this a great time to get your HVAC system in tip-top shape. Are you uncertain what spring cleaning your HVAC system involves? Add these actions to your March home maintenance checklist.

Swap Out the Air Filter

The air filter is one of the most important parts of your HVAC system, protecting sensitive equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Routinely replace the air filter according to the manufacturer’s suggestions. If you have pets in the household 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 your HVAC 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 improve system efficiency by up to 15%.

Check the Condensate Drain

Your AC doesn’t simply cool your residence—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to carrying away extra moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the attached hose should be leak-free and properly placed. Glance at your condensate drain whenever you replace the filter to keep your system running properly—and also help you spot warning signs of water damage.

Increase Your Home’s Airflow

Before firing up your AC for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to allow fresh air into your home. If the air inside your home often feels stale or stuff, you may benefit by adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade sends stuffy air out of your home and brings in clean, fresh air from outside. Certain equipment pre-cools and dehumidifies incoming air to reduce the impact on your energy bills while helping you breathe easier.

Give Your Home a Good Cleaning

Meticulously cleaning your home complements your HVAC maintenance checklist by reducing the amount of dust and allergens that move through the system. Pay extra attention to these areas:

  • Wipe down ceiling fan blades.
  • Seal gaps under or around windows and doors using caulk or weather stripping.
  • Clean the grime out of sliding glass door tracks.
  • Remove dirt, pet hair and dust bunnies from the coils located beneath or behind the refrigerator.
  • Wipe off light fixtures and switch out old incandescent bulbs for energy-saving LEDs.

Enhance Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet looked into programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a great time to consider this budget-friendly upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a substantial difference in your home’s comfort and energy use. Start off by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re going to be inside the residence. Next, set up automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when no one is home during the day. With recovery periods set for when you will be back home, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without losing comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these advantages a step further by enabling you to make modifications remotely. You can also keep track of your energy consumption in a mobile app and get personalized, cost-cutting advice.

Have Your Ducts Sealed and Insulated

Ductwork may develop leaks that negatively impact your air quality and increase your energy costs. Sealing these leaks helps your cooling system operate more efficiently and move clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork so air conditioned air doesn’t leak out of your system.

Spray Out the Outdoor Unit

The outside condenser unit can become filled with debris while hibernating over the winter. Here’s how to give it a good cleaning this March:

  • Clear away leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from near the unit.
  • Delicately hose down the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Cut back adjacent shrubs and grasses to maintain a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Examine the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Get in touch with a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat sets in. 

Test Your HVAC Unit

After finishing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to try out your air conditioning system. Run it for several minutes to check for adequate cooling. If you discover any problems, make sure your thermostat is set to cool before calling a professional for help.

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