Taking sufficient care of your heating and air conditioning system is an important item and step to include in your overall home maintenance plan. Especially with the official start of spring only two days away, now is the best time to be checking off your spring cleaning checklist. In that checklist should be spring HVAC maintenance. There are a few tasks that you can perform on your own to prolong the life of your system as well as to improve the efficiency of your system.
Clean the Area around Your Outdoor Unit
During the fall and winter time, a lot of dust and debris can pile up on and around your outdoor air conditioning unit thanks to the wind. It’s important that you dust off the debris your unit has collected as best you can. Additionally, you will need to clean and clear the area surrounding your outdoor air conditioning unit. This is important because if shrubbery or plants have grown too close to your unit, it can impact the airflow. A good general rule is to keep your plants and yard decor at least 6 ft. away from your unit at all times for optimal air flow.
Change Your Air Filters
You should already be in a good habit of consistently changing your air filters but if you are not, now is the perfect time to get into the routine. We recommend changing your air filters every 2-3 months but this varies depending on your home environment. Things like the number of people living in your home, the number of pets you have, your cleanliness, etc. all play a factor. Changing your air filters will help to improve the quality of your indoor air and it will help to improve your HVAC system efficiency. Clean filters allow for optimal airflow whereas dirty filters can clog your airflow and back up your system, resulting in your heating and cooling equipment having to work overtime for your comfort.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Hopefully you have a smart or programmable thermostat that needs to be re-programmed. You no longer need the heat running in the mornings and nights here in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area. If you still have a manual/digital thermostat, you should consider upgrading your thermostat. Now is a great time to do it before the summer heat arrives. A programmable or smart thermostat have settings that allow you to “program” a heating and cooling schedule for your home. This not only improves your comfort, it also helps reduce your monthly energy bill.
Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor
And finally, there are some important heating and cooling tasks that you cannot complete on your own that require the help of a professional, like us at AirWorks Cooling & Heating. If you are serious about your comfort and the health of your HVAC system, make sure you are caring for it the right way. Professional routine maintenance is an important part of your HVAC routine. Give us a call today to schedule your spring AC tune-up for your Charlotte, North Carolina home!