Winter is still hanging on, but spring will be here before you know it. Is your HVAC system ready for the spring weather? It's time to put HVAC maintenance at the top of your to-do list so you can keep your system running smoothly and avoid costly repair bills. Most HVAC maintenance is just common sense, but some of it requires a little help from the Olathe heating and cooling professionals at Davenport.
If you haven't already, replace your HVAC filter. The HVAC filter is especially good at keeping dust, pet dander, and allergens out of the air, all of which are abundant in the spring. Most homeowners need to clean or replace their filters every few months. However, you'll need to do this more frequently if you suffer from seasonal allergies or own pets. Not sure how often to refresh your filter? Just eyeball it. If it looks gray or dirty, it's time to wash it or get a new one. In most units, the filter is located by the return air duct or the blower. Set up reminders in your calendar to check or change your filter.
Do you use a window unit to cool part of your home? Be sure to clean or replace its air filter as well. A dirty filter diminishes air circulation, affecting your air conditioner's performance and eventually causing damage. The air filter prevents dirt and grime from settling on the cooling coils, which increases energy efficiency and performance. By keeping your air filter clean or replacing it on a regular basis, you'll use up to fifteen percent less energy. That's the kind of savings that will show up on your utility bills this summer!
If your home has central air—and it probably does—have a look at your air conditioning unit. Odds are, it's been sitting outside getting covered with leaves and other debris all winter. Clean it, paying special attention to the fan. Trapped debris can obstruct the blades or diminish air flow. Each time you mow your lawn, check your air conditioning unit to ensure that it is clean and weed-free.
All HVAC systems require regular maintenance. In addition to cleaning or changing your HVAC filters, your Olathe heating and cooling professional will thoroughly inspect every part of your system, testing it and fixing any issues. A spring appointment includes maintenance for all parts of the HVAC, including:
- Refrigerant levels.
- Connections and wiring.
- On/off cycles.
- Tubes and drains.
- Compressor, condenser, and evaporator coils.
Even if you dutifully clean your filters, manufacturers advise getting a professional tune-up twice per year: once in the spring and once in the fall. This ensures that your HVAC system is in perfect working order so you're ready to weather extreme temps.
The Olathe heating and cooling experts at Davenport Services can help with seasonal tune up and cleaning of your systems, as well as service and installation of indoor air quality products. Call (913) 441-2222 today to experience the Davenport difference.