A Good Spring Cleaning: An HVAC Maintenance Checklist for March

You’ve been hibernating during the colder months, but March is a time of year when things start happening. If you’re like many homeowners, you may be eager to leave winter in the dust and throw open the windows. Amid the flurry of organizing and cleaning, don’t neglect your heating and cooling system. Because spring is the prelude to another sweltering summer, making this an ideal time to get your HVAC system in the best shape. Don’t know what spring cleaning your HVAC system includes? Include these things to your March home maintenance checklist.

Swap Out the Air Filter

The air filter is an extremely important piece of your heating and cooling system, protecting delicate equipment from airborne particles and promoting cleaner indoor air. Routinely change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s suggestions. If you have pets in the household or someone in your home has allergies, change the filter up to once a month to maintain indoor air quality. If not, replacing your old filter with a new one every three months is sufficient. In addition to ridding your home of airborne pollutants more successfully, a clean filter promotes better airflow to increase system efficiency by up to 15%.

Tend to the Condensate Drain

Your air conditioner doesn’t only cool your home—it also dehumidifies. The condensate drain is the key to removing excess moisture from your AC. The drain should be free-flowing and the attached hose should be leak-free and correctly placed. Check on your condensate drain every time you replace the filter to keep your system running smoothly—and also help you spot early signs of water damage.

Get the Air Moving

Before turning on the air conditioner for the first time this spring, open your windows and doors to let the spring air flow into your residence. If the air inside your home often feels stale or stuff, consider adding a whole-house ventilation system. This upgrade expels stale, contaminated air to the exterior and brings in clean, fresh air from outside. Certain equipment pre-cools and dehumidifies incoming air to reduce the impact on your energy expenses while helping you breathe easier.

Spring Clean Your Home

Thoroughly cleaning your home complements your HVAC maintenance checklist by reducing the amount of dust and allergens that move through the system. Pay specific attention to these locations:

  • Clean off ceiling fan blades.
  • Seal gaps near windows and doors using caulk or weather stripping.
  • Scrub sliding glass door tracks.
  • Clean the coils located beneath or behind the refrigerator.
  • Dust light fixtures and swap old incandescent bulbs for energy-saving LEDs.

Adjust Your Thermostat

If you haven’t yet discovered programmable or smart thermostats, spring is a perfect time to contemplate adding this affordable upgrade. A programmable thermostat makes a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy usage. Begin by setting the temperature to 78 degrees F when you’re going to be inside the residence. After that, set up automatic setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day. With recovery periods scheduled for your arrival time, you can enjoy up to 10% energy savings without losing comfort.

A smart thermostat takes these benefits a step further by allowing you to make changes remotely. You can also track your energy consumption in a mobile app and get tailored, cost-cutting recommendations.

Have Your Ducts Sealed and Insulated

Ductwork can develop leaks that decrease air quality and raise your energy expenses. Sealing these leaks helps your air conditioner operate more efficiently and flow clean, healthy air. Once sealed, insulate your ductwork to keep the air cool on its way to supply registers throughout your home.

Hose Debris From the Exterior Unit

The outside condenser unit can become filled with debris throughout the cold season. Here’s how to give it a good cleaning this March:

  • Rake leaves, pine needles and grass clippings from around the unit.
  • Gently wash off the metal fins to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Cut back nearby shrubs and grasses to create a one- to two-foot clearance.
  • Examine the unit for damage, such as missing insulation or bent fins.
  • Get in touch with a professional technician for AC service before the summer heat arrives. 

Turn on Your HVAC Unit

After performing your spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to turn on your HVAC system. Let it operate for several minutes to make sure its working. If you encounter any issues, double-check the thermostat settings before calling a professional for help.

Schedule Cooling Services in Nashville with Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing

If your HVAC system needs special attention this spring, Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing is the team for the job. Our HVAC services help keep your home comfortable and energy efficient throughout the year. Count on fast, long-lasting solutions to all your comfort concerns, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You read that correct—if you’re not absolutely happy with our solutions, we’ll make it right. For a spring-ready air conditioning system that delivers efficiency and peace of mind, call 615-799-0427 to reach the heating and cooling specialists at Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today.

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