Spring is traditionally the time we think to clean every nook and cranny of our homes thoroughly. Just like the rest of your house, your HVAC system needs some TLC too during this period. The good news is, most of the tasks involved in an HVAC spring cleaning are easy to do, requiring only a few minutes to complete. So as you make your cleaning list, don’t forget to add these important HVAC maintenance tasks.
Spring HVAC Cleaning Tasks
Inspect Your Air Filters
Over time, your furnace and A/C filters become clogged with dirt and debris. Check and change them if they look dirty. Experts recommend a monthly check during both the heating and cooling seasons.
Clean Your Return Air Vents
As air flows through your HVAC system, dust, dirt and other pollutants accumulate on your return vents, which can affect your indoor air quality. Your vent covers can be removed for cleaning or installation purposes. Simply use a vacuum hose to suck off any loose debris. Use a rag over a long, narrow stick or butter knife to dispose of tough deposits left in between the tight spaces.
Scour Your Floor Registers
All types of miscellaneous debris can fall into your home’s floor registers. Thus, during a deep clean, unscrew each register from the floor and place them in soapy water. Use a sponge or brush to clean off the rust or dirt on the cover as well as in the vent. Only proceed to reinstall the registers after they have dried completely.
Check Weather Stripping
Sealing your home against air leaks is just as important in the summer as it is in the winter. Weather stripping prevents energy loss through doors and windows. It can also deteriorate over time. Buy new weather stripping from a home improvement store and replace any that’s worn out on your windows and doors.
Clean Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit
Your exterior condensing unit can accumulate a significant amount of debris, which will restrict airflow, causing performance and comfort problems. Your spring cleaning chores should include cleaning that outdoor unit. Start by turning off its power, before vacuuming the fins. Gently use a soft brush attachment. Be careful not to bend these delicate fins. Next, clear away any waste and vegetation that can block airflow around the unit.
Have Your Ductwork Professionally Cleaned
As air moves through them, airborne debris are left in your ducts. If these debris are then carried into your living spaces and HVAC equipment, it will cause performance issues and dirty surfaces that require frequent cleaning. Spring is a good time to schedule air duct cleaning.
Schedule Annual Air Conditioner Maintenance
Finally, contact your trusted HVAC contractor and schedule spring maintenance. During the maintenance visit, your cooling equipment will be inspected, cleaned, and tuned to ensure continuous performance and efficiency throughout the entire cooling season. These steps will prepare your HVAC system for the summer, helping to avoid expensive repairs down the road, while saving you money on your utility bills.
B.A. Morrison Promotes Healthy Air by Keeping Your Bay Area HVAC and Air Ducts Clean
To learn more about HVAC spring cleaning or have any other HVAC questions, contact B.A. Morrison – a leading Castro Valley and East Bay Area HVAC and General Contracting company. We’ve been providing quality HVAC repair, replacement and regularly scheduled maintenance since 1990. We can also take care of nearly all of your residential and commercial general construction needs. We’re also fully insured and bonded. Contact us today via online form or by phone at 510-538-9817.