Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Spring Into Action and Create an Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist
Now that spring is in full swing, spring cleaning is probably on your mind, which means there’s plenty of odds and ends to take care of around the house. Spring cleaning typically includes giving your home a much needed scrub down from all that time spent cooked up indoors during winter. That means no more sweeping dirt and dust under the rug and cleaning the house from the attic down all the way to the basement, leaving no nook or cranny unclean! So if you put this much time into cleaning your home and getting rid of dirt and dust, why not turn your attention towards creating an air conditioning maintenance checklist this spring too?
Homeowners have a lot to keep them busy when it comes to keeping up with home maintenance. From keeping their gutters free of damaging debris, to making sure their landscaping is properly watered, to everyday household chores, and of course keeping up with Joneses down the road and online. Although there are some home maintenance chores that homeowners can afford to be more relaxed about, such finally tackling that massive pile of laundry, there are some home maintenance to-do’s that homeowners simply can’t afford to miss out on, and that includes creating an air conditioning maintenance checklist.
Although there are many different types of air conditioning problems, most if not all of them can be avoided with regularly maintaining your heating and air unit, which includes creating an air conditioning maintenance checklist during the spring and in time for cooling season. Central air conditioning installation is only half the battle and requires regular seasonal maintenance in order for the unit to continue running effectively, efficiently, and properly.
You may think that you can get away with skipping out on creating and following up with an air conditioning maintenance checklist, but you’ll regret procrastinating come cooling season when the dog days of summer set in and you feel stifled by the heat. Keep in mind that just because your heat may have been blasting warm and cozy all winter, doesn’t mean your air conditioning unit will be blasting freezing cold when cooling season comes around. The only way to ensure this will actually happen is to contact your local HVAC contractor and schedule a pre-season tune up.
A pre-season tune up performed by an experienced, licensed, and professional HVAC contractor can save you thousands in expensive repairs that are likely to occur down the road. This gives the contractor an opportunity to identify and address minor problems before they turn into big issues. Furthermore, a pre-season tune up means more savings for you because it ensures your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible. Regardless of whether it’s heating or cooling season, an efficient HVAC system leads to more savings in your pocket thanks to lower heating and cooling costs. In addition, this is an excellent way to reduce your home’s environmental footprint and impact.
So what are the some of things that should be on your air conditioning maintenance checklist? First and foremost, it’s important to regularly change your HVAC unit’s filter at least every four to six weeks or per the manufacturer’s recommendations. You may have to change it as often as monthly if your household has allergy sufferers, as a clean HVAC filter is the absolute best way to improve or maintain your home’s indoor air quality so everyone can breathe a little easier.
In addition to changing your HVAC filter on a regular basis, it’s important to keep your air conditioning condenser unit outside free and clear of debris, such as leaves, dirt, branches, and more. You may even want to gently wash the condenser off with a garden hose to give it a good rinse in order to wash away any dirt that could have built up on it during the winter. Removing this dirt also allows your system to run more efficiently can also help with improving the indoor air quality of your home, as it reduces the amount of dust your system has to filter.