Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System

Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System - Vacuuming Vents

The time of year is upon us where we get ready to spruce things up for the spring and summer months.  In addition to the usual spring-cleaning activities around the home, don’t forget about your HVAC system.  

Dirt and dust buildup are common in any HVAC system and failure to regularly clean your system’s components can lead to issues down the line.  Here are some HVAC spring cleaning tips to help keep your HVAC system operating at its best.  

Change Those Filters!

A clogged filter means that your system is operating inefficiently because it’s having to work that much harder to move the air.  HVAC equipment can overheat because of clogged or dirty filters.  Not only that, but the air quality in your home will suffer, your energy bills will be higher, and the temperatures in your home may not be comfortable.  

You can find more information about filters here.

Clear Dust Out of Vents and Registers

To clear dust buildup from your HVAC system, turn on the fan on your thermostat (with both the heat and the air conditioning turned off).  This will help clear some of the dust and debris from your system. 

It is also important to clean the grille of your air vents. Dust, dirt, and allergens tend to accumulate on the metal and this debris is blown into your space every time your HVAC system blows forced air. Clean your registers with warm soap and water.

Don’t forget to remove dust from other areas where it tends to rapidly accumulate. Electronic devices often accumulate dust at a faster rate as the internal fans suck in air to keep the devices cool. Other common spots for dust accumulation include bathroom exhaust fans and refrigerator coils.

Don’t Forget the Outdoor Units

After thoroughly cleaning everything inside, it’s time to move to the outdoor components of your HVAC system. Over the winter, leaves and dirt can accumulate near outdoor HVAC units. As part of your spring HVAC cleaning, take time to clear away dirt and leaves and make sure nearby trees and shrubs are not overgrown. As a general rule, there should be a 1 to 2-foot clearance around outdoor HVAC units.   Gently brush away any dust or dirt from the grill.

Have Your HVAC System Serviced

There are a number of components of your HVAC system such as the heat exchanger, the evaporator coils, the refrigerants lines, and the condensing units that are not easily accessible to homeowners.  These components should be regularly inspected and serviced by a qualified technician to keep your system operating at its best and to prolong the life of your system.

Comprehensive service includes cleaning the evaporator coil and fins, fan, fan housing, and other components. Additionally, gaskets and seals as well as insulation and filters should be inspected and replaced if worn. 

The following are just some of the benefits of cleaning your HVAC system: 

  • Reduces the risk of health issues caused by microorganisms being blown into your home
  • Improves system efficiency
  • Prolongs the life of your HVAC system
  • Improves airflow 

Trust the Pros for All Your HVAC Needs

When it comes to maintenance of your HVAC system, some tasks are easy DIY jobs and some are better left to the professionals. To schedule inspection, maintenance, and repair of your HVAC system, contact the pros at Forney Air. 

Call us at (214) 924-9745 or contact us online.

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