Four Steps to Seasonal HVAC Cleaning
Before each season, it is important that proper maintenance of your HVAC system is conducted to ensure optimal efficiency and safety. Since usage of your system changes each season, it is important that your HVAC system is ready for use. Here are four steps to getting your HVAC system ready for the new season:
1. Clean the inside of your house
Typically, we wouldn’t think that cleaning the insides of our houses was important to HVAC care, but it is. Your house must be clean so that your system can stay clean. Dust, clean the windows, mop, and vacuum every room in your house. It’s important that any dust, dirt, and pet hair is captured. If it is not, it will dirty the internals of the HVAC system right after you clean it out.
2. Clean the indoor components of your HVAC system
Next, you should start cleaning the inside parts of your HVAC system. Clean inside the vents in the floor, ceiling, and walls using a vacuum to remove dust, dirt, and hair. Clean the vent itself with soapy water. Don’t forget about your bathroom fans! Remove the cover and wash it with soapy water. Carefully clean the blades using a toothbrush. Check air filters monthly and replace them according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
3. Clean the outdoor components of your HVAC system
Now it’s time to clean the outside parts of your HVAC system. Always make sure that the air conditioner is off before starting. Cut and grass or plants growing on or around the AC unit. Rake away and lawn trimmings, leaves, or other debris that is surrounding the unit. The unit should have around two feet of clearance to all sides. Rinse anything off of the unit a garden hose. Be careful when cleaning the fins as they are fragile. At the base of the unit is a drainage hole. Clear the drainage hole with a wire brush to maximize efficiency.
4. Schedule professional maintenance
Of course, if you aren’t a trained professional, you simply cannot do it all. You should schedule a professional HVAC technician to come in to test, clean, and repair your HVAC system. Technicians can clean condenser coils, clean and tighten electrical connections, check refrigerant levels, check condensation lines, calibrate the thermostat, and check and clean ducts. It is important that a professional does these tune-ups so that the system is properly taken care of and you do not break anything. This should be done at least once a year.
Taking proper care of your HVAC system will ensure that your system is ready to work when you need it. This maintenance is essential for efficiency, safety, and durability of your system.