With spring just a few short weeks away, you’re likely starting to plan out your spring cleaning. What you may not be aware of is that there are ways normal spring cleaning can help your HVAC system get ready for a hot summer. When the summer gets as hot as it does here in Phoenix, you want your air conditioner to be in fighting shape. With that in mind, we’ve gathered a spring cleaning checklist to help you get ready for heat ahead. If you want to make sure your HVAC system is ready and in working condition, call us at Integrity AC and Heating today!
-Dust and Mop
While this is a chore that should be done on a regular basis, it becomes incredibly important during the spring. With many people keeping their windows open more often with warmer temperatures, dirt, dust, and allergens begin to accumulate in your home. When you dust and mop, you clear out those particles and improve your indoor air quality. This will also cut down on the amount of pollutants that your air filter has to catch, which will help your HVAC system run smoother.
When your windows are clean and clear, they are more effective at bringing in the passive heat provided by the sun shining through. When you take advantage of your home’s natural passive heat, you put less strain on your HVAC system, which can help warm up chilly spring mornings. Not only that, a dirty window is hardly an attractive sight. Cleaning off the dirt and grime that has built up over the winter will give your home a clean and fresh feeling that’ll make you more comfortable with having company over.
-Change Air Filters
Depending on your HVAC system, your air filter should be cleaned or replaced every month to six months. If your air filter is clogged, it will be ineffective and cause undue strain on your HVAC system, which will reduce its lifespan. At an absolute minimum, it is recommended to replace your air filter once before the heating season (fall) and once before the cooling season (spring). If your HVAC system is in a hard to access area, you may need to hire a professional to change the filters for you.
Dirt, dust, allergens, and other pollutants can all end up calling your ducts their home. When you turn on your HVAC system, they are pumped directly into your home, diminishing your indoor air quality and causing allergy attacks along the way. Having an HVAC professional clean your ducts will improve your indoor air quality and extend the lifespan of your system and air filters. When duct cleaning is being performed, the technician will also be able to keep an eye out for other issues that may have escaped your notice, such as harmful mold.
-Clear the Clutter
When items clutter up your home, they can attract dust that you might miss in your normal dusting rounds. Clearing up the clutter will allow you to remove those hiding spots where dirt and dust like to hang out, which will improve your home’s overall air quality. It’s important to note, if you are cleaning an area that hasn’t been cleaned in years, it’s a good idea to wear a mask. That will protect you from the dust and other pollutants that will be kicked up by your cleaning, along with protecting you from the cleaning solution you’re using.
-Clear the Outdoor Unit
For an HVAC unit to work properly, it needs an unobstructed airflow. To ensure your system is ready for the summer cooling season, clear the area around the outdoor HVAC unit of any weeds or debris that may cause an obstruction. We recommend that you give your outdoor unit at least two feet of clearance, in order to give it the airflow it needs to run optimally.
Getting your HVAC system cleaned by a professional will ensure it is working in peak condition prior to the summer heat. We recommend including an inspection with a professional cleaning to ensure everything is working properly and that no parts are in need of repair or replacement.
By including your HVAC system in your spring cleaning plans, you can ensure your summer is cool and comfortable all season long. This is a fantastic opportunity to perform preventative maintenance and cleaning to increase your system’s lifespan and improve your home’s indoor air quality. If you haven’t already, take this chance to start a preventative maintenance agreement with us at Integrity AC and Heating. Don’t leave it to chance! When you are proactive, you are less likely to run into the issues that result in costly repairs or replacing your entire HVAC system.
Here in Phoenix, we deal with some of the most daunting summers around. That means your air conditioner needs to be in fighting shape. Call Integrity AC and Heating today to get your free quote. We hope to hear from you soon!