As spring gets ready to shift into summer, it’s a perfect time to give your HVAC system a good spruce up. This is a simple and effective way to ensure your home’s comfort system is ready to work as efficiently as possible as days get longer and warmer in Dothan, AL. A little extra effort now also reduces your risk of being surprised by HVAC emergencies later. Take a moment to check out our spring HVAC checklist below.
Change the Filter
This is something that should be done every 90 days or so throughout the year, but many homeowners get busy and forget. If it’s been a while since you last changed the filter for your furnace or air conditioner, this is a good place to start. Be sure you use the correct type of filter. You’re also welcome to upgrade to a HEPA filter, which can be beneficial if you have issues with spring and summer allergies.
Vacuum Your HVAC Vents
Your HVAC system will also work more efficiently if the vents are clean and clear. Dirty vents also increase wear and tear on various mechanical parts, which increases the risk of needing frequent repairs. Use a screwdriver to remove the air vents. Next, use your vacuum’s wand attachment to clean the parts of your vents you can easily reach. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning your ducts or vents, give Prime HVAC a call to help you out.
Clear Clutter Away from the Outside Unit
Summers in Dothan, AL and surrounding areas are often among the hottest in the nation. So, yes, this means air conditioners are often used in late spring and throughout the summer. Make sure your AC is ready to work efficiently by clearing away any lingering clutter or debris from the fall and winter from the outside unit. Additionally, cut away any weeds or tall grass around the same area.
Clean the Condenser
As long as you’re outside de-cluttering your AC unit, take some time to clean the condenser. Throughout the fall and winter, it can get cluttered with leaves and other gunk. Fortunately, all you need is a garden hose to spritz off your AC condenser unit. Use a lighter or lower setting to safely clear away anything that can be washed away. A vacuum with a soft brush attached can also be used to clean the fins. Be sure to turn the power off for your AC first.
Make Sure Registers Aren’t Blocked
Further improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by making sure airflow isn’t obstructed. This can happen if registers, especially ones lower on walls or on floors, are blocked by furniture or other items. Do a quick walkthrough of your home and move anything that’s blocking or partially blocking your registers.
Schedule a Professional HVAC Checkup Today
One other step you can take to get your HVAC system ready for spring is to have it professionally checked. Let the experienced technicians at Prime HVAC help you out with this task by contacting us to schedule a thorough inspection of your home’s comfort system. We also offer convenient maintenance agreements that make it even easier to keep your HVAC system efficiently running. Call today to set up your appointment.