How Should Homeowners Prepare Their HVAC System for Spring?

Apr 8, 2022 | AC, Air Filter, Blog, HVAC, IAQ, LRF, OH, Ohio, Spring

It’s the start of spring! That, however, implies that spring cleaning is now a must. Some homeowners enjoy spring cleaning and all of the organization it entails; others may not care for it. But whether you like spring cleaning or not, LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling is here to assist lighten your burden! There are a few things to consider regarding your HVAC system that you may want to add to your spring checklist throughout the coming months.

Have You Set Up a Spring Maintenance Check?

The ideal time to service your air conditioning unit is in the spring. You risk overworking your air conditioning unit if you wait until the weather gets warmer to have it serviced. LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling has NATE-certified technicians on staff. When you choose us for a seasonal tune-up and safety inspection, one of our courteous and knowledgeable experts will come to your home and make sure everything is operating smoothly. On top of that, our experts ensure that your system is in compliance with relevant safety standards. In fact, you may believe there’s nothing wrong with your system; however, it’s always a good idea to double-check before you begin running it as the weather warms up.

Have You Removed Your AC Cover & Cleaned the Area Surrounding Your Outdoor Unit?

If you cover your outdoor unit during the winter, make certain to remove the covering before turning on your cooling system this season. This may seem like a simple step, but it happens more frequently than you would believe. Then, clear any leaf accumulation, dense plant growth, or obstruction must be from around your outdoor unit. Since it is common for leaves, sticks, and other organic matter to be blown around the unit, thus obstructing it. Start off this season on a high note by removing all of the trash and debris so that your HVAC equipment may function properly. Keep in mind that when the outdoor unit is turned on, it draws in outside air, which is why you don’t want any stray leaves, plants, or other debris to be sucked into and trapped in the fan blades.

Have You Recently Replaced Your Air Filter?

Don’t forget about your air filters. Air filters are essential in any home HVAC system since they filter out particles, pollen, and other allergens. Because of this, replacing your air filters once every 1-2 months is a good rule of thumb.  

Have You Checked For Any Holes Or Gaps In Your Ductwork?

Because air is dispersed throughout the ductwork within your home, no holes or gaps should not be present. It is a good idea to make a quick tour of your household and note any areas where there may be openings, tears, or cracks. If you discover any that need to be sealed up, make sure they’re properly done. If you’re not sure how to properly seal any holes or gaps, contact one of our professionals at LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling.

Have You Decontaminated the Drainage Hole?

A drainage hole is often found at the bottom of air conditioners. This drain outlet is used to direct condensation away from the system. Unfortunately, dust particle accumulation can block the drain opening during the winter, causing it to clog. As a result, before using the unit for the first time in the season, it’s important to inspect and clear the drainage hole of any impurities.  

Have You Shut Your Windows and Doors?

A good breath of fresh air is always welcome in the house. It’s easy to want to keep your windows and doors open for lengthy periods in the springtime. Keep in mind that keeping them open for long periods can result in your air filters clogging up faster than usual. So as much as we want to bask in the nicer weather, keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible in the spring and summer is advised. This restricts the amount of pollen and allergens that can build up inside the house. It also helps to keep too much warm air out of your home by preventing excessive amounts of heat from coming in.

If you still need to schedule your spring tune-up and safety check, or if you have any questions about your present HVAC system, please do not hesitate to contact us. LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling would be delighted to serve as your local HVAC service expert! So give us a chance and call us at 614) 837-4822, or book an appointment online now by clicking here!