Are you a Scottsdale or Phoenix resident that’s looking to take back control of your HVAC system?
Do you want to ensure it runs smoothly? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about how to put together an HVAC spring clean checklist.
In doing so, you will be able to ensure the quality of your HVAC system. It can help you to extend the life of your system, avoid costly repairs, and protect the health of you and your family.
See below for an in-depth guide on all the different things you need to do to your unit for an effective HVAC spring clean.
1. Switch Out Your Air Filter
The air filter is quite possibly the most overlooked aspect of your entire home.
Many homeowners don’t realize how frequently they should be switching out their filters. Others simply forget to do so.
Your air filter is your heating and cooling system’s only form of defense.
Its job is to stop harmful germs and bacteria from entering the HVAC system, thus ensuring that your home is pushing out clean air from its vents. It protects against such things as:
- Mold spores
- Pet dandruff
- Dust mites
- Smoke residue
- Airborne viruses & more
As you can imagine, with one filter protecting your air from all these different threats, it wears out pretty quickly.
The more dirt and dust it collects, the harder it becomes for air to pass through it.
If not switched out frequently enough, the filter will cause your heating and cooling systems to work twice as hard to cycle air throughout your home.
The process of switching it out is simple. Just make sure you get the right measurements, go purchase a bulk of air filters (they’re cheap), then replace the current one with a new one.
Make sure to shut the unit off while you replace it so that no harmful pathogens get into your unit as you’re switching it out.
2. Check the Thermostat
Without knowing it, your thermostat might be causing your home a lot of issues.
Generally, people think that when an HVAC system continually shuts off, that it’s the system’s fault. It’s actually a sign that you have a problem with your thermostat.
It can also cause your home’s energy bills to skyrocket, hot air in your vents, frequent shifts in the temperature in your home, and incorrect readings.
Needless to say, it’s important to check your thermostat during spring cleaning!
To start, be sure to check the screen and see if it’s lighted. If it isn’t, then it’s a sign there’s something wrong with your thermostat.
Start by switching out the batteries inside the thermostat.
If you were having difficulties with the climate in your house before, give it an hour or two to see if the climate starts to cool down. If not, you might need to replace the thermostat entirely.
Checking on your thermostat will ensure that it’s prepared to take on the hot Phoenix/Scottsdale spring, summer, and fall ahead.
3. Clean the Vents
So often, your air vents tend to get filled with dust and dirt. It’s important to clean them thoroughly from time to time so that buildup isn’t blowing out into your family’s air supply.
For that reason, we recommend cleaning the vents during your HVAC spring clean extravaganza.
Start by unscrewing each air vent with a screwdriver. Give them a once-over by vacuuming them to remove all the visible dust and dirt that you see.
If one vent is exceptionally dirty, then you’ll want to rinse it with soap and water, then let it air-dry on a dishtowel.
Of course, you’ll also need to ensure that your indoor air quality is meeting the needs of you and your family.
Be sure to reach out to us to schedule a time where we can stop by and test out the air quality in your home.
4. Clean the House
Granted, this was likely already on your list of tasks for spring cleaning.
The cleanliness of your home has a direct correlation to the cleanliness of your HVAC system.
For example, let’s say you see signs of mold in your home. Believe it or not, mold can be passed through the air from mold spores, which will make their way to your HVAC system soon enough.
A clean home is a healthy home. Make sure to diligently clean every aspect of your home. That includes your kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and bedrooms.
5. Replace Your Smoke Detector’s Batteries
Remember when we said the air filter was the most neglected aspect of your home? Your home’s smoke detector is probably a close second.
Before every spring, we recommend that you replace the batteries inside your smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
This will ensure it’s working in case of an emergency.
In the event of a fire, a smoke detector can help identify the fire and get your family out as quickly as possible.
Carbon monoxide is undetectable to humans. it’s tasteless and odorless, but is a slow killer.
Make sure your detector is always operating.
Kickstart Your HVAC Spring Clean Today
Now that you have seen all of the different tasks to put on your HVAC spring clean checklist, it’s time to get to work.
Be sure to read this article for more information on the top AC unit installation tips for all Phoenix residents.
For more inquiries, please begin by reaching out on our website to request an HVAC service now. We look forward to helping you further.
If you’re in need of an HVAC System Tune Up to ensure you’re ready for the next season we can help! Contact the Surprisingly Affordable HVAC experts at Scottsdale Air Heating & Cooling to get more information here: 480-359-7141 OR you can request service online here.
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