Home maintenance comes in many forms. While you’re hard at work preparing that summer garden, power-washing the driveway or cleaning the pool, don’t forget about your A/C unit! Luckily, there are several spring HVAC tasks you can perform at home. In this post, we’ve compiled our favorite ac maintenance tips you can do yourself. Let’s dive in.
Change/Clean Air Filters Regularly
A dirty or clogged filter puts strain on your A/C unit, driving up energy costs and decreasing cooling efficiency. Clean air filters help improve indoor air quality and extend the life of your unit. Replace or clean reusable air filters every 30–90 days, or more frequently if you live in a dusty climate or have multiple pets.
Change Thermostat Batteries
Your thermostat controls your whole unit. When it stops working, you might end up on a wild goose chase troubleshooting your entire HVAC system, only to find the problem lies with a dead thermostat battery. Get ahead of the headache by checking and/or replacing your thermostat battery in the spring.
Seal Air Leaks
Ensure open spaces, like those surrounding doors and windows, are properly caulked to prevent air leaks. It’s also a good idea to ensure your ductwork is properly sealed. If not, cool air might escape into unused spaces like attics before ever reaching your living space.
Keep Condenser Coils Clean
Your unit’s condenser coil releases warm air from your home to the outside. It’s important to keep this component clear of obstructions like dirt, leaves and other debris. Additionally, ensure any shrubbery around your condenser unit is trimmed back, allowing enough space for your system to function properly..
Schedule a Spring Tune-up
Scheduling an annual tune-up with an HVAC professional will go a long way toward keeping your unit in top shape. A professional visit includes essential maintenance like filter checks, a refrigerant charge (if necessary) and a thorough cleaning of your entire unit.