With spring approaching, many homeowners will be preparing for the annual spring cleaning. It is a tradition that has been ingrained in the minds of Indiana and Michigan homeowners. Yet, while most homeowners will focus on cleaning gutters, or raking the lawn, they will completely neglect the HVAC system.
The changing of the season also means changing your energy usage. The heaters will be turned off and in a few short months, the air conditioners will be turned on. In the interim, it is important to do some HVAC maintenance to keep your system running efficiently all year long.
While it is one of the easiest maintenance tips, it is also one of the most important. Having a clean filter can reduce energy usage by as much as 15 percent according to the Alliance to Save Energy. This can result in serious savings on your monthly energy bill.
For HVAC systems that have temporary filters, they should be replaced every month. For permanent filters, they should be cleaned once a month. There is no better time to start doing this than the present.
Wash The Bathroom Fans
Much like the HVAC system itself, bathroom fans go largely unnoticed all year. Spring is the perfect time to remove the covers and wash them with soap and water. You can also use an old toothbrush to clean the fan blades while the covers are off. Be sure to turn the power off before doing this though.
Check The AC Unit
The air conditioning unit is the one element of the HVAC system that is vulnerable to the elements. For this reason, spring is the perfect time to get outside and check your unit. You should make sure the grass and weeds are not growing within a few feet of the unit to ensure it can pull in the air it needs. You can pull the weeds or cut the grass to make sure the unit has the space it needs.
Schedule An HVAC Maintenance Check-Up
While the tips above will go a long way, it is always important to have your system checked out by a professional. A professional HVAC company will be able to take a more in-depth look at your system. Spring is a great time to do this and can save you from costly air conditioning repairs in a few months.
Contact our heating professionals at Home Comfort Experts today to learn about our services. We serve Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan from our 12 locations. Give us a call at (574) 255-4600 to learn about our full complement of heating, cooling, and plumbing services.