The arrival of spring is the ideal time to get your home systems back in shape for the summer. While you’re writing your cleaning to-do list, make sure to include the following spring maintenance tasks:
HVAC System Maintenance
Spring is the best time to change gears and get your HVAC system ready for warmer weather. During the winter, your central A/C’s outdoor cabinet is exposed to the elements all winter-long. Make sure to check this cabinet for any signs of damage and to clear away any debris, such as vegetation or barriers, so there’s free airflow to the unit.
Next, clean or change the filter inside your home. Go ahead and turn on the cooling system, and listen for unusual noises, such as clamoring and rattling, which may indicate loose air ducts. Then, let your system run for several minutes and see if you detect any musty odors.
HVAC components are notorious for harboring bacterial and mold growth if they’re not cleaned every year. You should schedule professional preventive maintenance to ensure your A/C or heat pump is ready for the cooling months.
Water heater maintenance should be included with your HVAC system’s maintenance inspection. Essential parts need to be inspected, such as the anode rod that protects the tank’s lining. Your storage tank should also be completely emptied each year to flush out mineral and sediment buildup. To save more energy, turn back your hot water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees.
Check Sealing and Insulation
The efficiency of your home’s envelope can affect your comfort, energy bills and the load placed on your A/C, heat pump and furnace. Caulk and foam weatherstripping are practical materials for sealing leaks around windows, doors and attic hatches.
Energy Star recommends attic insulation of up to R-60 for the Springdale region. This means you should apply approximately 15- to 18-inches of standard fiberglass or cellulose insulation to any exposed areas. For the best results, ask your HVAC professional to perform an energy audit to detect heat gain/loss through your home’s envelope.
If you need assistance completing these spring home maintenance tasks, please contact Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal in the Springdale area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about spring maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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