How Should Homeowners Prepare Their HVAC System for Spring?

Air Filter, AC, Blog, HVAC, OH, Ohio, Spring, Tips & Tricks

With spring here and the warmer weather still settling in, now is the perfect time to prepare your HVAC system for the hot summer months ahead. Your cooling system may be functioning without any issues, but it is still essential that certain things are done and checked before utilizing your cooling unit this season. Luckily, your Circleville Heating & Cooling experts have you got your back! Follow these steps below for an easy way to breeze through your HVAC spring maintenance checklist:

Have You Changed the Air Filters Recently?

Keeping your air filters changed is a simple but significant way to prepare your air conditioning unit for the upcoming season properly. Our NATE-certified technicians suggest that homeowners change their air filters every 30-60 days. But keep in mind that pollen and other allergens run rampant this time of the year, so it would not be bad to check your air filters a little more frequently than usual. This would be especially helpful if you have many members in your household that suffer from allergies or asthma.

How Often Do You Leave Your Doors & Windows Open?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the spring cleaning mode during this season. You might be tempted to open your doors and windows for long periods to let a fresh breeze in. Of course, fresh air never hurts anybody and can absolutely be great. However, just remember that leaving your doors and windows open for long periods of time can cause your HVAC system to work harder in order to keep your house cool. Consistently doing this can strain your cooling system, causing issues down the road.

Have You Taken Off the Outdoor Unit Cover & Cleaned the Vicinity?

Next, let’s think about that outdoor unit. With it being located outside, it is easy to forget about it. But inspecting the outdoor unit is so important! First, before turning on your air conditioning, if you have a protective cover placed on the outdoor unit, you will want to remove this before turning on the unit. Next, you want to make sure the area around the unit is clear from all loose debris, vegetation or overgrown plants, and leaf buildup. It is usual for the buildup to occur during the winter when the unit is not being used. Therefore, keeping the surrounding area free from any of this is vital. Doing so reduces the chances of anything being sucked into the cooling unit and caught in the fan blades.

Have You Inspected the Exposed Ductwork?

Do you have any exposed ductwork in your home? It would be wise to walk through and make sure there are no existing holes or rips in the ductwork if you do. Otherwise, the central air within your home will not get distributed throughout your home adequately.

Have You Inspected the Drainage Hole for Clogs?

When your air conditioning system is not being used in the winter, it is possible that the drainage hole could get clogged with dust particle buildup, etc. Not sure what the drainage hole is? The drainage hole is generally located near the base of your cooling unit, and its purpose is to redirect the condensation away from the system leading it to a place where it can be properly drained. For this reason, it is always good to make sure it is clear of any buildup before using the cooling system.

Have You Scheduled Your Spring Tune-up & Safety Check?

Last of all, if you have not had your cooling system serviced this season for its spring maintenance check, we highly recommend doing so. The manufacturer also recommends keeping up with your seasonal maintenance checks, but it also keeps the manufacturer’s warranty active. So book an appointment with us, and we will send one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians to your home to inspect your system and ensure everything is running smoothly and safely. In addition, having your system tune-up will keep your system running efficiently, thus extending its lifespan.

Circleville Heating & Cooling is ready to team up with you for your HVAC needs! We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Our goal is to take care of customers and provide excellent customer service. So don’t delay! Call us today at (740) 281-5323, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!