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Spring is here and that means spring cleaning for many people. You open the windows, air out the stale winter air, and do some vacuuming and dusting. But don’t forget about your HVAC system. When you’re spring cleaning the rest of your house, make sure you clean out your HVAC system, which has been working hard all winter long to keep you warm.
Your home’s HVAC system is essential to the comfort AND SAFETY of your family, and it can only do that if it is clean. Check out these tips to help you enjoy a safe and comfortable home this spring (and the rest of the year).
#1. Before you do any cleaning, make sure the power to your HVAC system is turned off.
That is most important for your safety. The last thing you want is to injure yourself. Even if you think you’ll be careful, it’s better to be safe; turn off your power as the first step any time you plan to work in or near your HVAC system.
#2. Remove the filter in your HVAC system and replace it.
Air is forced through the filter but that gets harder for your HVAC system to do if the filter is clogged with dirt and debris. Replace your filter at least once every 3 months. Only use filters high quality pleated filters. Stay away from disposable fiberglass filters. They tend to allow dirt to pass through. That dirt will stick to your evaporator coil, causing Inefficiencies and future breakdowns. Need more filters? Order them here!
#3. Look at your outdoor air conditioning unit.
Make sure that the unit is free from the debris that often accumulates around it during the fall and winter. Often, leaves and clippings will start to build inside the unit and at the vents.
#4. While you’re looking at you’re air conditioning unit, clean the fan blades and the coils (which can also pick up debris).
#5. Walk around the inside of your home and look at all the vents.
The ones that blow warm/cool air FROM your HVAC system and the ones that pull air into your HVAC system. Make sure both types of vents are not blocked so that air can freely get in. (This will not only ensure that you get clean fresh air throughout your house, it also helps you save money by keeping your HVAC system from doing too much work to draw in air.)
#6. Think about the last time you had your ducts cleaned.
If you can’t remember when it was done last (or at all) consider having a company to come out and clean them. All that dust and debris that accumulated over the years can be removed so it’s not recirculating into your home.
Springtime is here and that means spring cleaning and enjoying the freshness of a new season. When you clean your home this spring, don’t forget about the HVAC system. It has been working hard all winter and deserves a good cleaning and tune up… your HVAC system will run more efficiently and your family will be safer and more comfortable this spring!
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