How Should Homeowners Prepare Their HVAC System for Spring?

Apr 8, 2022 | Air Conditioner, Air Filter, Blog, Centerville, HVAC, OH, Ohio, Spring, Tips & Tricks

Spring is here! But that means spring cleaning is too. While some homeowners love spring cleaning and all the organization, decluttering, and preparation that comes along with it, others may not find it that appealing. But whether you enjoy spring cleaning and preparing for the warmer months or not, Centerville Heating & Cooling is here to help lighten that load for you! The months ahead will require your air conditioning system to be functioning at its utmost capacity; therefore, there are a few things concerning your HVAC system that you may want to jot down on your spring checklist. Ask yourself these questions:

Have You Scheduled Your Spring Maintenance Check?

Springtime is the best time to have your air conditioning unit serviced. If you wait until the weather warms up, you run the risk of your air conditioning unit working too hard to maintain cool temperatures within your home. All of our technicians at Centerville Heating & Cooling are NATE-certified. When you schedule a seasonal tune-up & safety check with us, one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians will come to your home and ensure everything is running correctly. Our technicians make sure nothing needs to be replaced and that your system is up to current safety standards. You may think nothing is wrong with your system, and while that may very well be the case, it is always important to double-check before running your system continuously as the weather gets hotter. 

Have You Removed the Outdoor AC Cover & Cleaned the Area around the Outdoor Unit?

If you keep a cover on your outdoor unit during the winter, you don’t want to forget to take the cover off before turning on your cooling unit this season. This may seem like a simple step, but it happens more often than you think. Next, the area around your outdoor unit must be clear from any leaf buildup, dense plant growth, or blockage. It is common for wind to blow leaves and other debris around the unit in the cooler months, thus obstructing the outdoor unit. Start this season off strong by clearing everything out so the unit can function correctly. When the outdoor unit is turned on, it sucks in the surrounding air, so the last thing you want is any stray leaves, plants, or other debris to be sucked in and caught in the fan blades.

Have You Changed Out Your Air Filters?

Whatever you do, don’t forget about those air filters. Air filters play a significant role in the residential HVAC system because they filter out particles, pollen, and other allergens. It is recommended that air filters get changed out every 1-2 months. So keep in mind, with pollen prominent during this time of the year, it would be good to check your air filters frequently.

Have You Checked Your Ductwork?

Since air is distributed throughout the ductwork within your home, there must be no holes or gaps in the ductwork. You can perform a quick walk-through of your home and notate any areas where there are tears, cracks, or holes. Should you find any, be sure they are properly sealed.

Have You Cleared the Drainage Hole?

Most air conditioners have a drainage hole located at the base of their system. This drainage hole is in place to redirect condensation away from the unit. Oftentimes, during the winter, when the air conditioning unit is not in use, dust particle buildup occurs and can clog the drainage hole. For this reason, the drainage hole must be checked before its first use of the season.

Have You Closed Your Windows and Doors?

A crisp breath of fresh air in the home is always refreshing. So, it can be tempting to keep your windows and doors open for long periods in the springtime. However, keep in mind that doing this can also result in your air filters becoming full faster than usual. Therefore, keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible in the spring and summer is recommended. This limits the amount of pollen and allergens that can accumulate inside the house. It also prevents too much warm air from coming inside the house and adds additional strain to your HVAC system as it works to circulate the cool air in your home.

If you still need to schedule your spring tune-up & safety check, or perhaps you have any concerns about your current HVAC system. Centerville Heating & Cooling is here to answer all your questions. We would be more than happy to serve as your local HVAC service professional! So give us a chance and call us at (937) 353-1169, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!