With most of the chilly weather gone for the season, and the heat and humidity of summer right around the corner, now is the time to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the changing temperatures in the Leesburg area. From preparing your furnace or boiler for the off season to cleaning and servicing your air conditioner, there are plenty of things you can do to help get your HVAC system ready for the spring.
Spring HVAC Maintenance
The start of spring is the perfect time to catch up with your HVAC maintenance, because not only is the weather nice enough to turn the system off for a while, but it is also a good time to schedule a service visit with your HVAC contractor, before the busy summer season begins. Here are a few tips that can help you prepare your HVAC system for the spring:
- Replace your air filter – With the house closed up over the winter, there is probably plenty of dust, dirt, pet dander, and other debris in the air filter of your HVAC system. Make sure you have the right filters available for your equipment, and replace the filter if it is dirty or clogged. This will this improve not only your air quality, but also the efficiency of your HVAC system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a dirty air filter can reduce the energy usage of your air conditioner by up to 15%.
- Clean around the condenser unit – The condenser unit is the portion of your air conditioning system that is outside. If you cover it during the winter to keep out snow and ice, carefully remove the cover and make sure no debris falls inside. Trim any grass or plants that are within a 2-foot area around the condenser and remove any trash or debris. This allows plenty of space for air to flow over the condenser, increasing air conditioning efficiency. Also, check the condenser fan for any damage to the blades or any debris that may have fallen inside.
- Clean the registers – Inside, clean and dust the registers or grilles for your air ducts, and check for any debris that may have fallen inside, especially in floor-mounted registers. Any obstructions in the ductwork could reduce the heating and cooling efficiency of your HVAC system or cause performance problems.
- Test your HVAC equipment – Turn the thermostat to both heating and cooling to check for any problems. Make sure the burners light on your furnace or boiler, and the that there is nothing odd happening like abnormal noises, strange smells, or leaks. Mention any problems with your furnace, boiler, or heat pump to your HVAC contractor so that they can be repaired before the next heating season. Check your air conditioner for proper cooling, and make sure it is not making any strange noises or acting abnormally.
- Schedule HVAC maintenance – Finally, schedule a service visit with your HVAC contractor. They can prepare your heating system for the off-season, plus provide all the maintenance necessary for your air conditioner to perform properly and efficiently through the summer. Routine HVAC maintenance can help to increase the lifespan of your equipment, improve your comfort, prevent breakdowns, and reduce your energy usage by up to 25%.
HVAC Maintenance in Northern Virginia
When you need cost-effective, professional HVAC maintenance, talk to our team at M.E. Flow. Since 1951, we have been providing top-quality HVAC services throughout Leesburg, Alexandria, Winchester, and the surrounding communities.
Call (703) 762-2519 or contact us online to schedule your HVAC maintenance today!