Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your HVAC System

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your HVAC System

While some days it doesn’t feel like it, spring will eventually get here. So, now’s the time to start paying attention to your HVAC system. By following the HVAC spring cleaning checklist outlined below, you can make sure your HVAC system is in tip top shape when you need it! 

1. Change air filters 

Start your spring cleaning by replacing the air filters in your HVAC system. This is one of the most important but most ignored tasks on your checklist when it comes to HVAC maintenance. Clean filters ensure efficient airflow and improve indoor air quality by trapping dust, pollen, and other airborne particles.

2. Clean vents and registers

Dust and debris can accumulate in vents and registers over time, which hinders airflow and reduces your HVAC system’s efficiency. It’s important to use a vacuum cleaner or a damp cloth to remove any buildup. This action will increase air circulation. Also, make sure that all air vents are unobstructed. And, if debris is built-up deeper in your ductwork, call a professional for HVAC duct cleaning services. You should have this done every three to five years.

3. Inspect and clean outdoor unit 

Check the outdoor unit of your air conditioner or heat pump for any signs of damage or obstruction. Remove leaves, dirt, and debris from the surrounding area to prevent airflow restrictions and potential system malfunctions. Ensure the drain line and drain pan are clear from blockages and in working order. Check to make sure all components are undamaged and your HVAC system has the space it needs to operate correctly. 

4. Check thermostat settings

You should adjust your thermostat settings for the upcoming warmer weather. You may want to consider programming a higher temperature for when you’re away from home. You’ll be able to save energy and still remain comfortable when you’re indoors.

Change the batteries in your thermostat to ensure your thermostat doesn’t turn off suddenly, which prevents your AC unit from running. And if you haven’t already, upgrade your thermostat to an eco-friendly programmable model. It helps save energy by keeping your unit from running when your home doesn’t need the extra cooling, like when you are at work. You set it to your ideal temperature and it ensures your home is cooled for you when you need it most.

5. Inspect ductwork for leaks

HVAC air ducts should be inspected at least once per year to look for any signs of leaks or damage that could result in wasted energy and inefficient heating or cooling. Seal any gaps or cracks with duct sealant or foil tape to prevent air leaks and improve your HVAC’s system efficiency. Seek professional help if needed. A well-maintained ductwork ensures that conditioned air reaches its destination efficiently, saving both energy and money.

6. Test your HVAC system

After going through each item on this spring HVAC checklist, turn the system on. Allow it to run for several minutes to confirm that it is circulating and cooling air properly. If it does not seem to be working correctly, turn the system off and call our team for a system tune-up.

7. Schedule professional maintenance

Consider scheduling an HVAC maintenance expert to service and inspect your system. A qualified technician can identify and address any potential issues before they escalate. This allows for maximum energy efficiency and optimal system performance. 

Don’t forget by taking the actions outlined above, you are helping enhance your system’s performance, increase energy efficiency, and maintain indoor comfort throughout the warmer months ahead. By maintaining your HVAC system, you will also save money on your energy bills! Call an expert today to schedule maintenance.