Spring Cleaning includes Safety Checks
With Spring only a few days away, many of us are beginning to think about tackling the garage, reorganizing that closet, and cleaning those areas that may have been left to collect dust, pet dander, and other contaminants. This timeframe also serves as a good reminder to review your Spring Safety Checklist including your home’s HVAC system. We have developed a list of 10 items to check as we transition to this much-anticipated season.
#1. Change the air filter.
First, it is important to understand your furnace and air conditioning system use the same filter. Therefore, your filter may be clogged with dust and debris that accumulated during the winter months from running the heater.
Replacing your filter now will allow your system to work more efficiently, cooling your home quicker when the heat sets in. In general, you should replace your filter at least once a year.
#2. Check your thermostat.
If you have a thermostat that requires batteries, Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to replace the batteries. Ignoring this task can cause your AC to stop working.
#3. Spring Cleaning includes Safety Checks: Consider a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat is an option which can make your life easier and save you a few dollars each month. According to energy.gov, when you program your thermostat to 78° for 8 hours a day, you can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling bills in a year.
While you can always set your thermostat manually, the ability to program it will keep the temperature stable and comfortable throughout the day. If you are considering an upgrade, contact us for advice and recommendations on the right thermostat for your home.
#4. Evaluate your dryer hose and clean the vents.
Pull the dryer away from the wall and inspect your hoses for any kinks, folds, or pressures that could compromise airflow. Rearrange the venting hose if necessary. Then, clean out lint buildup and any other obvious blockage. Also, remember to empty your dryer’s lint filter after each load to avoid a potential fire hazard.
#5. Spring Cleaning includes Safety Checks: Clear debris from the outdoor condenser unit.
Remove anything within 3’ that may block air flow. For example, dead leaves, tree debris, accumulation of grass, leaves, sticks, mud, or other materials. For a finishing touch, wipe down the unit with a mild cleaner. If you covered the outdoor unit for protection during winter, be sure to remove it before starting the system.
#6. Test and replace batteries in the CO detector and smoke detector.
Test your smoke alarms and CO detector every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
#7. Clean the supply vents and return grills.
Clean both the supply and return air grills and vents and be sure they are open and free of debris. Consider vacuuming to remove any pet hair or dust that might have accumulated during winter.
#8. Spring Cleaning includes Safety Checks: Double-check the fan blades are rotating in the right direction.
If you used ceiling fans to help circulate warm air, switch the blade rotation back to counterclockwise.
If you do not feel air movement when the fan is operating, the blade rotation is incorrect.
#9. Replace weather stripping.
Check windows and doors for drafts or leaks. Seal any leaks with weather stripping, caulk or spray foam.
#10. Schedule an HVAC maintenance tune-up with Allgeier Air.
Preventive maintenance is a critical task to improve energy efficiency, optimize your system’s performance, and ensure a safely operating cooling system as we head into warmer temperatures.
PRO TIP: A thorough inspection of your system now can help us find any underlying issues before they become catastrophic problems. This will save you money – and headaches – in the long run.
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Allgeier Air has been serving Louisville homeowners just like you for over 26 years. The foundation of our culture is educating you about your HVAC system so you can make well-informed decisions.
Our goal is to help you stay cool all summer long and keep your AC running with NO disruptions. As we transition into Spring, contact Allgeier Air today to schedule a tune-up. Text or call 502.244.9999.
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