A Good Spring Cleaning: An HVAC Maintenance Checklist for March

You’ve been hibernating all winter, but March is a time of year when things finally start to warm up. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be anxious to leave winter in the dust and focus on spring. Amid the flurry of organizing and cleaning, don’t forget your heating and cooling system. After all, spring is the prelude to another blistering summer, making this a perfect time to get your HVAC system in tip-top shape. Unsure what spring cleaning your HVAC system involves? Include these actions to your March home maintenance checklist.

Replace the Air Filter

The air filter is one of the most important parts of your heating and cooling system, protecting sensitive equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Routinely change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have pets in your home or someone in your home has allergies, change the filter up to once a month to maintain indoor air quality. If not, replacing your old filter with a new one every three months is enough. In addition to trapping and removing airborne pollutants more effectively, a clean filter promotes better airflow to boost system efficiency by up to 15%.

Check the Condensate Drain

Your AC doesn’t simply cool your home—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to removing unwanted moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the connecting hose should be leak-free and properly placed. Check on your condensate drain whenever you replace the filter to keep your system running properly—and also help you spot initial signs of water damage.

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

Before switching on your home’s air conditioning system for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to allow fresh air into your home. If your home usually feels stuffy, consider adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade expels stale, contaminated air to the exterior and replaces it with clean, fresh air from outside. Certain equipment pre-cools and dehumidifies incoming air to reduce the impact on your energy expenses while helping you breathe better.

Deep Clean Your Home

Thoroughly cleaning your home complements your HVAC maintenance checklist by limiting the amount of dust and allergens that circulate through the system. Pay specific attention to these items:

  • Clean off ceiling fan blades.
  • Seal gaps under or around windows and doors using caulk or weather stripping.
  • Scrub sliding glass door tracks.
  • Vacuum debris out of the coils located beneath or behind the refrigerator.
  • Clean light fixtures and exchange old incandescent bulbs for energy-saving LEDs.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet discovered programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a great time to think about this affordable upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a substantial difference in your home’s comfort and energy usage. Start by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re in the home. Then, set up automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day. With recovery periods scheduled for when you will be back home, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without sacrificing comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these perks a step further by giving you the power to make modifications remotely. You can also check your energy use in a mobile app and get tailored, cost-cutting recommendations.

Have Your Ducts Sealed and Insulated

Ductwork may develop leaks that negatively impact your air quality and increase your energy expenses. Sealing these leaks helps your HVAC equipment operate more efficiently and flow clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork to keep the air cool on its way to supply registers throughout your home.

Spray Out the Outside Unit

The outdoor condenser unit can become filled with debris throughout the winter. Here’s how to clean it out this March:

  • Clear away leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from around the unit.
  • Gently hose down the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Remove nearby shrubs and grasses to create a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Inspect the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Consult with a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat takes hold. 

Test Your HVAC Unit

After finishing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to test your AC. Let it operate for several minutes to verify it is producing cool air like it should. If you experience any trouble, make sure your thermostat is set to cool before phoning a professional for help.

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