Spring has officially arrived. Spring in the Pacific Northwest can be truly wonderful – a mix of rain, sun, blue skies, and lots of budding flowers. With the change of season, many homeowners are working around their home getting their annual “spring cleaning” done. This is the perfect time to get your HVAC system prepped for the upcoming spring and summer months, too. Here are some steps to get your HVAC system ready for spring.
Step #1: Clean around the outside unit.
Winter weather brings lots of rain, wind, and icy conditions. Over time, this can cause build up around the outside of your HVAC unit and if this isn’t cleaned up, it could cause restricted airflow. In addition, if there are pieces of dirt and debris that have built up on the actual machine itself. This could interfere with not only the flow of air but could cause damage to the inside components of the machine. This means your system will be working harder than is necessary and your utility bill will likely increase.
Step #2: Replace your old thermostat.
When was the last time you thought about your thermostat? Springtime is a great time to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable one. These kinds of thermostats allow homeowners to regulate the temperature day and night, even when they’re not at home. This translates to being more comfortable and saving money! Programmable thermostats allow you to designate your desired temperature based on your unique schedule. For example, if you’re gone all day at work, there’s no need to keep your heat on. So, program the thermostat to turn down or off when you’re away, then program it to turn back on shortly before you arrive home, so you can come home to a room that’s comfortable. Our favorite programmable thermostat is the Côr™ by Carrier. It has been proven to save homeowners up to 20% in their utility bill year-round and can work in tandem with most HVAC system brands.
Step #3: Clean and replace air filters.
This home maintenance to-do is one that’s easy to forget about and neglect. Dirty filters translate to dirty, dusty air! No one wants to breathe dirty air, so make sure to clean them every couple of months. This will help reduce the flow of dust, mold, allergens and other germs and bacteria that cause sickness. This will also help your system work more efficiently!
Spring is a wonderful time of year and we’re happy to help you with getting your HVAC system prepared. Schedule a preventative maintenance appointment to ensure that your heating and cooling system is working well and that there are no hidden issues that could cause an unnecessary breakdown. Or, if you need help with replacing your system altogether, we can help something that will fit well with your home and your budget. Our professional HVAC technicians and sales team are ready to help, so contact us today!