Part of the transition from the heating months to the cooling months is getting your HVAC system ready. By staying on top of HVAC prep, service and maintenance, your home will be more comfortable, you’ll save energy and enjoy better indoor air quality. Following are spring cleaning tips for your HVAC system that you or your HVAC technician should perform.
Replace Air Filter
Your HVAC system’s air filter helps the moving parts operate smoothly by keeping them clean. Regular filter changes saves energy and prevents components, such as the blower motor, from failing before their time. When you are choosing a pack or box of filters, go with a high-efficiency air filter.
Clean the AC Coil
The evaporator coil is the device that pulls heat out of return airflow. If the coil is dirty, which it will be following the heating months, the coil won’t cool your home as efficiently as it could. This makes your AC or heat pump run longer and use more energy.
Prep the Outdoor Unit
Before you switch your thermostat to COOL, inspect the outdoor unit. Clear away any debris that has collected around the unit that could block airflow to the coil. Look in the top of the unit to make sure there aren’t any sticks or other objects inside that could damage or obstruct the blower.
Inspect Air Ducts
Leaky air ducts waste energy. Duct leaks may also pull in contaminants from your attic or basement, and introduce them into your living spaces. One of the common telltale signs of leaky air ducts is uneven airflow from various vents in your home. You can seal leaky duct joints with metal tape.
Professional Preventive Maintenance
Professional HVAC prep and service is important to help your HVAC system operate more efficiently and to avoid repairs and early failure. Moreover, there are many tasks only your HVAC technician should perform, such as checking refrigerant, to get your central air system ready for summer.
For professional service for HVAC prep or HVAC repair for your Portland area home, please contact the professionals at Roth Heating & Cooling today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).