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Expert tips on getting your HVAC system ready for spring

The final push toward warmer, wetter weather is underway. As spring inspires us to get up and outside more, it’s also important now to turn attention back inside, to switch all those systems that have been winterized back over to spring and summer states. While the spring cleaning list starts to get written, and before the warm weather outside beckons, take some time to review these expert tips on preparing an HVAC system for spring.

Replace the Furnace Filters

dirty air vent filter

It’s that time again, time to remove and replace the furnace filters. These filters should be replaced every 30–90 days, and after working through the winter months, they are certainly ready to be flipped. Responsible for trapping dirt, dust, mildew, allergens, and other nasty airborne pollutants, keeping the air throughout a home free from debris, the filters from last season have likely become quite dirty and clogged, which is natural, especially after winter.

Replacing these filters now will ensure the air quality stays healthy and prepares for all the new allergens of spring, as well as reducing the overall strain of running an HVAC unit, as it will be easier to move air through a clean filter.

Flip the Switch to Cool

Switch over the system from heating to cooling, and listen as the system runs through a complete cycle. As the A/C cycle runs, move around the house, and pay attention to any unusual behavior from the ducts or vents. Be on the lookout for strange knocking sounds, if the cycle stops at any point, odd odors or debris from vents, as well as an actual temperature shift, making sure the temperature actually gets cooler consistently from room to room. Any of these results could be a sign that something needs a more thorough look within an HVAC system.

Clean the Outdoor A/C

Take a quick trip outside, and look over the outdoor A/C unit. Make sure it’s free of debris, branches, and trash, and ready to get up and running. This bit of extra cleaning will help the unit run easier as it starts seeing regular use again to keep your home cool. It’s a good idea to take a quick look at the indoor vents as well, and see that they’re free of any dust and hair build-up, so that airflow throughout the home runs smoothly.

Schedule An Annual Maintenance Inspection

It’s always a good idea to get maintenance out of the way early in the season. This gets a jump on any potential issues before they become worse, and knocks them out before the A/C is running constantly when the system going down for even a short period would be more noticeable.

This is also the time to bring up any of the odd sounds, smells, or sights that came up after the first A/C cycle previously, as this will help the technician clue in on potential areas that may need more attention.

Prepping your HVAC system for spring means being prepared for the rest of the season, and knocking out the annual inspection clears up time later on that can be used to enjoy the spring weather and activities. If you’re looking for licensed professionals to tackle your spring HVAC inspection, or if you have any A/C or HVAC questions the need answers, reach out to Duane Blanton Family Home Services. The experts at Duane Blanton have over 30 years of experience and knowledge, ready to give you answers and provide solutions for all your HVAC inquiries. Give the experts at Duane Blanton a call today, at (815) 781-2567, or schedule conveniently from your couch, when it’s convenient for you, using their online scheduling portal!

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