Essential Cleaning Tips for Your HVAC System During Springtime

Spring cleaning is the perfect time to clean out the attic or basement and get the yard ready for the summer ahead. But spring cleaning is also important for your HVAC system not only to help it run more efficiently but to keep you comfortable as well. This is especially true if anyone in your home suffers from seasonal allergies. You can take care of some of these spring maintenance tasks, while others should be entrusted to Magnolia heating and cooling contractors. Here’s what you need to know about spring HVAC maintenance.

 

Air Filter

 

Changing the air filter is a simple cleaning task you can do that has a big impact on how well your AC runs. All the air used for the heating and cooling process is drawn through the filter since it comes from outdoors. The filter is responsible for removing all the dirt and tiny particles that would otherwise circulate through the home. Cleaning the filter regularly helps you breathe easier because the air is cleaner. In addition, when the filter is clean, the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to move the air, which means you’ll enjoy better efficiency, less heating and air conditioning repairs, and a longer system lifespan in general. The filter should be changed every month or two, depending on how much use your system gets.


Exterior Cleaning

 

The exterior unit of the system needs to be able to easily draw in air as well. That means that the area around the AC needs to be clear of weeds, debris, and vegetation. Make sure there’s at least two feet of clearance around the unit at all times. In addition, check for garbage, sticks, or leaves that build up around the unit and make sure any other obstructions are taken care of to ensure good airflow.


Condensate Drain

 

A clean condensate drain line is also essential for your AC to work properly. If the line gets clogged, the drain pan will overflow and potentially cause water damage in your home. It’s not unusual for drain lines to get clogged with dirt, algae, or mold, and fortunately, the line is easy to clean. You can use a solution of one-part bleach to one-part water to flush out the line and remove any blockages.


Vents and Registers

 

The vents and registers in your home can also get dirt and dust build-up and make it difficult for air to flow freely. In addition, furniture or other items can inadvertently be moved completely or partially over a vent and reduce airflow. Make sure you clean the registers and take a look inside the vents to make sure no objects have fallen inside that could block the air. Try to keep the area around registers clear to improve air circulation.


Duct Cleaning

 

It’s also a good idea to think about getting your ducts cleaned in the spring. Dust and debris can build up in the vents, but in some cases, mold can also grow, which can cause health concerns. A regular duct cleaning also ensures that any problems with the ducts are identified and addressed.


Professional Coil Cleaning

 

A professional coil cleaning and HVAC inspection is also a good idea to have done in the spring. This ensures that the entire system works efficiently to keep you comfortable and to help save money on energy costs as well. To schedule your cleaning and inspection for residential HVAC in Magnolia, contact Wright Air Conditioning & Heating Co. today!