Though spring may seem so far away during the last hits of winter weather, warmer temps are just around the corner. Before you have to switch your HVAC system over to cooling mode, make sure you get the air conditioner ready for the warmer winds of spring and summer.

Spring HVAC Maintenance Tasks

Routine maintenance will help keep your HVAC equipment running smoothly this spring:

  • Change the air filter regularly. If your home is heated and cooled with forced air systems, there’s an air filter somewhere in the system, protecting the equipment. Those filters capture debris and dust before it can enter the system. This helps it run efficiently and prevents breakdowns. The filters can also improve indoor air quality. Check the air filter monthly and change it when it begins getting dirty.
  • Clean and straighten vents. Air vents tend to collect dust, so use a vacuum wand or dust cloth to clean them. Make sure the fins are all going in the same direction and not bent.
  • Clean the outdoor coils. The outside compressor can collect dirt and debris over time. Clean it off to help the system run more efficiently and reduce the need for repairs.
  • Call in an HVAC professional for a system tune-up. The HVAC equipment needs regular maintenance to run smoothly and efficiently. Call in an HVAC professional to tune and calibrate the equipment, before the cooling season starts.
  • Install and set a programmable thermostat. To maximize HVAC system efficiency, you need to control when the thermostat kicks on. A programmable thermostat allows you to do that, without any manual intervention from you.
  • Seal and insulate ductwork. You may be losing up to 20 percent of conditioned air through leaks and gaps in the ducts. Sealing the ductwork will prevent air escaping. Insulating ducts also protects it from heat gain or loss. That all helps keep your energy bills down.
  • Consider upgrading your HVAC equipment. If your home’s HVAC system is more than 10 years old or prone to frequent repairs, it’s time to replace it.

If you need to schedule a tune-up for your HVAC system, or for other home comfort concerns, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

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