Can you feel it in the air? Winter is almost over. This is the perfect time to focus on your HVAC maintenance checklist for spring! The weather has fluctuated a lot throughout these cooler months, which means your heating and cooling system has been working hard. With just a few steps, you can shake off the winter doldrums to prepare for the vibrant months ahead.
By being proactive in the spring, you can ensure that your HVAC will be operating optimally when the hot summer weather begins — and in Virginia, that could be right around the corner! Not sure where to begin? Here are some tips for preparing your HVAC for the seasonal change from cooler to warmer weather.
Indoor Spring Cleaning Checklist
Did you know that there are many simple things you can do around your home to improve your HVAC system’s performance? You’d be amazed by how much dust and grime that can accumulate over the long winter months. This buildup can actually make it harder for your heating and cooling unit to perform.
Here’s a spring cleaning checklist you can use as a guide:
- Put away any seasonal items you’re no longer using.
- Clear clutter from around your home.
- Dust in every room.
- Sweep, vacuum, and mop flooring.
- Deep clean appliances.
- Make sure nothing is blocking your registers.
We recommend moving furniture to get behind items that may not have been moved in months (or years). Of course, exercise caution when shifting larger pieces and consider wearing a mask to guard against any dust, particles, or allergens that may disperse.
Give Your Windows and Doors Some Love
When was the last time you washed your windows? Spring is a great time to give them a good scrub so you can let the sunshine in. After the cooler, rainy days, the sun’s rays can add some much-needed warmth to your home without you having to adjust your thermostat. Warming up a chilly home in the morning with natural sunlight can be a great, cost-efficient alternative to bumping up the heat a few degrees.
While you’re cleaning, take a few moments to inspect the seals around your doors and windows. Does everything look snug or do you see any gaps? Replacing damaged or old seals with robust weatherstripping can prevent leaks and drafts, which will improve your HVAC’s efficiency and the comfort inside your home.
Spring Cleaning Outside Your Home
You want your HVAC system to provide comfort inside your home — so why does that involve doing work outside, too? There are a number of reasons why you should pay attention to your home’s exterior in order to protect your heating and cooling unit and keep it running smoothly.
Throughout the year, different types of debris and seasonal items can impact your HVAC unit’s performance. Here are some things you can do to minimize or prevent problems:
- Trim tree branches, bushes, weeds, and plants to prevent them from encroaching on your HVAC’s exterior unit.
- Store any lawn furniture, toys, or equipment that could get blown around your yard and cause damage.
- Check your dryer vent for blockages and clear the opening of any lint.
- Hose down your exterior HVAC unit to remove grass clippings, leaves, and dirt.
- Inspect your HVAC unit for any signs of damage.
We know homeowners are busy, but if you incorporate these steps into your regular lawn maintenance routine, it can make a big difference in the long run. It’s definitely worth the few extra minutes of effort in order to protect your heating and cooling system as well as your home.
HVAC Maintenance in Richmond, Virginia
Keeping your HVAC system in good working condition can extend its life, saving you from needing to replace one prematurely. Scheduling regular maintenance with qualified professionals can protect your investment and help prevent future problems.
At W.G. Speeks, our NATE-certified technicians can provide guidance on a variety of HVAC topics, including:
- Indoor air quality (which is very important considering Virginia’s intense allergy season!).
- How to choose and replace your air filter.
- The importance of duct cleaning.
- Improving your home’s efficiency.
Of course, we also provide installation and repair services. Not ready to commit to ongoing maintenance? W.G. Speeks offers a no-risk, free consultation. We’ve been helping homeowners prepare for spring in Virginia for more than 75 years, and we’d be honored to do the same for you. Give us a call today — we’re here to help!