The calendar says it’s spring! Even though we may have a few more cold days in the Hamel, IL, area, it’s time to jump on spring cleaning. Remember your HVAC system when you’re making a list of spring chores. It’s done a stellar job keeping your family warm over the winter, and you deserve the same service during summer’s hottest months. Ernst Heating & Cooling of Hamel, IL, has some HVAC spring cleaning hacks to get you started.
Replace the air filter
Are you following a regular schedule for replacing your HVAC system’s air filter? Most air filters should be replaced at least once a month, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. You’re overdue if you can’t remember the last time you replaced your air filter. If you still need to figure it out, pull out the air filter and take a look. If it looks dirty, replace it. A dirty air filter means your HVAC system works harder to pull in air, which can wear down the HVAC mechanisms and lead to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your unit. Your Ernst Heating & Cooling HVAC technician can give you recommendations during your biannual maintenance visit through the Ernst Comfort Plan.
Use your vacuum to give your vents and ductwork a spring clean
Remove the vent covers and use your vacuum’s attachment to grab any dust and debris accumulated near the opening. While you’re at it, soak the vent covers in water and dish soap to remove some of the grime between the slats. When was the last time you had your ducts professionally cleaned? Ernst Heating & Cooling offers a thorough duct cleaning service that includes a complete inspection of your home’s ductwork.
Check your home’s windows and doors
Extreme temperature swings can cause door and window frames to expand and contract. Cold, dry air can compromise the seal around your doors and windows, so your HVAC system must work harder to keep your home comfortable. Spring is the perfect time to replace any weather stripping and make sure doors and windows stay sealed.
Clean up your exterior unit
Sticks, leaves, and other outdoor debris can accumulate around your outdoor HVAC unit, affecting its ability to keep your home comfortable. Make sure your outdoor spring cleaning chores include your HVAC unit. Once your outdoor water is turned on for the warmer months, unplug the outside HVAC unit and give it an excellent hosing to remove any accumulated dirt and grime. Make sure you also inspect the unit’s drainage hole. This small hole near the back of the unit can become clogged and cause standing water.
Schedule your spring A/C tune-up
Some HVAC cleaning chores are best left to the professionals. You want your A/C to be ready when hot weather returns to the Metro East area, so make sure all of the working parts are in order with a spring A/C tune-up from Ernst Heating & Cooling. Our experienced HVAC technicians will take care of the dirty work, examining every element of your air conditioner and thoroughly cleaning it. We’ll fully lubricate the moving parts, tightening and adjusting loose electrical connections and other components to ensure that your unit is operating at its peak efficiency. We can identify problems while they’re still easy to fix instead of letting them grow into expensive issues.
Spring is here, and Ernst Heating & Cooling is ready to help you with your spring cleaning chores. Call us at 618.217.1836 or schedule your appointment online now! If spring is here, summer will be close behind. Stay cool with Ernst Heating & Cooling.