Posted On April 1st, 2019 by Lanz HVAC
It’s springtime in Illinois! You might not know it yet, with temperatures still getting down around freezing at night, but the calendar doesn’t lie - winter is over and spring is here. Warmer weather in Champaign County, IL is just around the corner.
While you and your family are definitely ready for it – your home’s air comfort system may not be. What should you do to ensure your A/C unit can take the heat? A little spring cleaning of your home’s HVAC system may be in order.
Follow these easy tips to prepare your air conditioning equipment and components for those sunny spring days on the horizon:
Spring Cleaning Tip 1: Dust surfaces (tables, mantels, countertops, picture frames), clean windows and window sills, vacuum carpets to the edges, and mop the kitchen and bathroom floors.
This sounds like a ubiquitous spring cleaning task, but it’s wonderful preventive maintenance for your home’s HVAC components. The key is to be thorough! Clean the stovetop in your kitchen. Dust off the blade tops of all ceiling fans. Wipe down the bathroom fan blades. Beat the dust out of sofa cushions. The more dirt and dust you remove, the less will reach your home’s A/C system and your family’s lungs.
Spring Cleaning Tip 2: Swap out the air or furnace filter.
It can be easy to forget to change the HVAC filter every couple months – and even more often during times of heavy usage of the home’s heating and cooling systems. A dirty filter allows particulate matter (dust, dirt, mold spores, allergens, etc.) to enter the home’s air circulation, causing more problems than it helps - especially if anyone in the household suffers from asthma or allergies. For clean air quality and efficient energy usage, make sure the filter is nice and new.
Spring Cleaning Tip 3: Keep weeds, plants, branches, grass clippings, debris and other hindrances from encroaching on the outdoor A/C unit.
Maintain a buffer of 24 unfettered inches in every direction from your HVAC system’s outdoor condenser and, if your home is equipped with one, its heat pump. With a soft, gentle spray of water, use a garden hose to rinse the coils surrounding the condenser. Doing this allows for airflow to be smooth, consistent, and clean when it reaches the house’s HVAC intake.
Spring Cleaning Tip 4: Hire a professional HVAC contractor to clean out ducts and ductwork and perform a Spring Maintenance Checkup.
No doubt, this is the most important spring cleaning tip. A modern HVAC system contains a myriad of component parts - ducts, valves, electronics, sensors, pumps, not to mention the furnace inside and the condenser outside. Like any machine, your home’s HVAC equipment performs best with regular inspections and tune-ups. Keep it in top shape by calling Lanz Inc. for a springtime appointment.
Using these tips, some elbow grease and regular in-home maintenance checkups by Lanz Heating & Cooling, your HVAC system will be in the best shape to handle whatever the Spring brings.
For professional spring cleaning of your home’s A/C unit, vents, pipes and entire HVAC system - inside and outside - please call Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. In Champaign-Urbana, Oakwood, Bondville, St. Joseph, Danville, Fisher, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet and Gibson City IL, we invite you to visit LanzInc.com/contact - or phone Lanz anytime at 217-355-5512 or 1-800-AIR-REPAIR to make an appointment and ask questions about our residential HVAC and home air quality services.
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