Spring Season Maintenance – Heating and Cooling

by Carmen Corbin on February 22, 2012

Winter isn’t over, but it’s not too soon to be thinking about setting aside a little time this spring for some preventative maintenance around the house. 

Air Conditioning System

Since your heating system has probably been working hard all winter long, it’s a good idea to have the unit thoroughly checked before the onset of the cooling season.  While it’s best to have a qualified heating and air conditioning service contractor do it, here are few steps you can take yourself:

  1. Change the Filter:  A good furnace filter will trap more dirt and grime than you think.  Replacing the filter on a quarterly basis (or more often if needed) is essential to the effectiveness of your system.
  2. Clean Off the Outside Condenser:  This is the blocky unit that sits outside on the ground.  The outer grills tend to accumulate leaves and debris, which need to be removed periodically.
  3. Do a Test Run:  On a mild day, turn off your heat and switch it over to air conditioning to test it.  You don’t want any unwelcome surprises when warmer weather arrives.

When a technician performs a maintenance check, they’ll also look at the inside of the unit and make sure all the components are in good working order.

Air Ducts and Other Important Items

Unfortunately, filters can’t catch everything.  Now is the time to set up an appointment for a thorough air duct cleaning – and have them check your dryer lint hose while they’re there.  And to ensure that the heated or cooled air gets to its final destination, consider insulating your air ducts and/or using duct tape to seal off the seams to prevent air leaks (of all the strange uses for duct tape, this time it’s actually used on… the DUCTS!).

When the weather is optimal, turn off the heating or cooling and open up those windows for some fresh air!  To take full advantage of those wonderful days, check your door and window screens before spring weather arrives.  Look for any holes or tears, and replace if needed (your local hardware store or home improvement center can replace/repair them for you).  It’s also a good idea to clean out any winter cobwebs, wipe down the windowsills and check the screen frames for damage.

For more information on spring season maintenance for your home, call or visit your local heating and air conditioning service provider or home improvement contractor.

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