When you are making your spring cleaning list to help freshen and organize your home following the winter season, be sure to include your heating and cooling systems. A clean HVAC system makes your home more comfortable and improves energy efficiency. Following are four key areas to include in your spring HVAC checklist this year.
Let’s start with one of the simplest, yet most important tasks on your spring HVAC checklist–changing the air filter. If you use a basic throw-away fiberglass filter, pick up some high-efficiency filters from your home store. The air filter is vital to protect HVAC components, drive energy efficiency, and maintain better indoor air quality.
Grilles and Registers
Clean all the grilles and registers in your home. You can do this with the brush extension of the vacuum or simply wipe them down with a cleaning cloth and spray bottle. If you see that the inside of the ductwork is filthy, schedule a duct inspection with your HVAC technician.
Evaporator Coil and Condensate Pan
The evaporator coil is the component contained in the air handler that removes heat from indoor air. During heat removal, condensation forms on the evaporator coil and fins, which attracts and basically traps mold development and dirt. These contaminants may also form in the condensate pan and drain tube.
The evaporator coil may be cleaned using a self-rinsing foaming coil cleaner. It only takes approximately 20 minutes, and you can follow up by pouring a half-gallon of 50/50 water and bleach into the condensate pan. This will help wash the foam cleaner down the condensate drain and clean the condensate pan and drain line in the process.
The condenser coil is contained in the outdoor half of your split-system A/C or heat pump. Spray the unit off with a garden hose to remove leaves and other debris. Before you clean the condenser or the indoor evaporator coil, make sure you turn power off at the circuit breaker.
To hire a professional to perform this spring HVAC checklist and more important HVAC tests, please contact Roth Heating & Cooling today.
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