All Seasons Heating & Cooling - HVAC Spring Tips

a repair man checking on an HVAC unit in spring

Spring is here, and the weather is warming up! If you’re looking for a way to get your spring cleaning done early, HVAC maintenance is a great place to start.

Your heating and air conditioning system needs regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly and efficiently, especially during the warmer months. Annual maintenance of your central air conditioner unit is just one of the many things you can do to make sure you and your family are comfortable during the warmer season's ever-changing temperatures.

Follow these HVAC spring tips to make sure your heating and cooling system is functional, safe to use, and efficient!

More About Spring

Spring is a wonderful time of year. It's the perfect time to turn off the AC and open the windows, letting in the fresh air that cleans your home and saves money on energy bills. When you turn your heat up and open the windows, that's when you know that spring has arrived. Fresh air from a gentle breeze pushes through your home and cleans it out.

This particular spring season is also the perfect time to do some deep spring cleaning, and while it’s an excellent idea to use this to get rid of the dust and dirt that has accumulated in your home over the winter months, it’s also the best time to perform some spring maintenance on your HVAC unit. Spring cleaning shouldn’t just be about removing clutter and cleaning out the cobwebs; it’s also time to think about routine air conditioner maintenance for your household to check for any issues that may need repairs.

Spring Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC System That You Need to Know

If you're thinking about doing some deep cleaning this year on the day of spring and actually want to do it right, we've got some tips on how to get the most out of it.

First, think about what your HVAC system needs. What can you do yourself that will make your system run more efficiently and last longer? Next, think about what you need from someone else in order for you to get started with the task. Are there any tools or supplies that will help you out?

Finally, think about how much time you have available this season and if there are other tasks of importance rather than prioritizing your air conditioning unit's routine maintenance. This spring cleaning checklist is for homeowners like you to help your air conditioning system run well and last longer.

Change Your Air Filter

The number one tip for maintaining your HVAC system is to clean your air filter. You’d be surprised how many people don’t know that this is the most important thing they can do to ensure the health and longevity of their AC unit.

A clean filter will reduce energy usage in your home and improve the air quality in your home by trapping airborne particles like allergens and dust. This is especially important if you live in an area with high pollen counts.

If you have a disposable filter in your unit you should replace it monthly, and if you have a washable filter, it’s important that you clean and wash it monthly with soap and water.

a repair man changing the HVAC filter

How to Find the Right HVAC Filter

Do you know the replacement filters that are available at your local hardware store? Great! That's where you'll find the best quality filters.

But what kind of filter should you buy? The MERV rating of 7 or higher is our recommendation. This means that it traps more airborne particles and will keep your air cleaner for longer. If you want to be even more sure of your purchase, check out the model number on the product before you buy. You may also want to look at the size of the filters and ask if they have an extra-large version.

Upgrade the Filter

HVAC maintenance is an important part of your home's overall health and well-being. That's why we suggest that you consider upgrading your HVAC system to a high-efficiency, pleated filter.

If you're getting ready to replace your filter, there are a few things you should know;

  • First, it's important to remind yourself that air quality is more than just the filters. You can improve air quality by upgrading your furnace and air conditioner.
  • Second, when choosing a new filter, consider the size of your home and how often you use the equipment. If you live in a small space or run your HVAC system five times a day, we recommend going with a smaller filter than if you have an oversized house or rarely use your heating or cooling system.
  • Finally, remember that there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to replacing filters—it all depends on what type of home you have, how much heat or cold your family requires, and how often the equipment is used!

Check Your Ductwork

Your home's HVAC system relies on a good ductwork system to work properly. If you want your heating and cooling system to perform at its best, it's important to keep an eye on the ducts. To make sure your ducts are functioning correctly, be sure to check for any holes or leaks in the joints and seals. Also, if there are any cracks in your duct system, make sure they are sealed up as well.

Clear the Drainage Hole

When your air conditioner is working properly, it should be able to keep your home comfortable. But if there's a clog in the drain or at the P-trap, it can reduce its efficiency. You can find out if there's a problem by taking a look at your air conditioner's drainage hole. If it's filled with debris, call an HVAC technician right away so they can take care of it for you.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you have not yet installed a programmable thermostat, now is the time!

A programmable thermostatprogrammable thermostat will give you better control over your home's temperature, which can help to lower energy bills. This will also help to ensure that your system runs less when no one is home.

If you do not have a programmable thermostat, this spring is the ideal time for you to have one installed. If you do have a smart thermostat, it is a good idea to adjust the settings and update your system's schedule. Even if a smart thermostat has self-correcting features, check if all vents are open-- it can greatly slash your energy costs in warmer weather.

a repair man checking on the HVAC thermostat

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Annual maintenance and tune-up service for your central air unit call for expertise and reliability. As a result, we generally recommend hiring a technician for the job. Even if you regularly clean and replace your air filters, maintain the outside unit, and set your programmable thermostat, it's always ideal to have a professional service for your HVAC system.

They'll be able to take a more detailed look at your system including checking all connections, measuring electrical amp draw, and examining the refrigerant pressure, among other things. Experienced technicians will also be able to spot potential problems and advice on future repairs.

Spring Heating & Cooling Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, preventative maintenance can mean savings of up to 30% on your energy bills. Start by scheduling your air conditioner maintenance now to save energy and slash utility bills in spring. Simple steps such as using ceiling fans that can greatly improve indoor air quality, sealing your air ducts, and investing in Energy Star appliances can all vastly save energy and money!

Contact All Seasons Heating and Cooling for All Your HVAC Needs

This season, remember that spring cleaning is more than simply cleaning your home interior and clearing up your yard. Call our experienced team to calibrate, clean, and prepare your cooling system for efficient operation this spring. Contact All Seasons Comfort heating and air conditioning today to schedule routine maintenance or service!