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How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

HVAC Technician preparing HVAC unit for Spring season

If you’re a home or business owner, chances are spring cleaning is a priority for you this time of year. Whether cleaning your garage or reorganizing closets, spring cleaning looks different for everyone. However, one thing that should always be a top priority on your spring cleaning checklist is HVAC prep and maintenance. 

At ACS, we cannot stress enough how important it is to prep your HVAC for seasonal transitions. With drastic changes in temperature and climate, these times of year can be harsh on your system and disrupt your indoor comfort. Luckily, our team of HVAC-certified technicians is here to help you get ahead of the problem. Below, they break down their top tips for prepping your HVAC system for spring. 

In this blog, our industry experts share their tips for preparing your HVAC system for spring, including 

    • Change your air filter
    • Upgrade the thermostat
    • Clean interior registers and vents
    • Remove debris from the outdoor unit
    • Schedule preventive maintenance 

Change Your Air Filter

Ask any HVAC expert, and they’ll tell you that replacing air filters is a seasonal maintenance staple. Not only is this task inexpensive and not at all time-consuming, but it’s also highly effective in maintaining unit efficiency and performance. Air filters are tasked with preventing disruptive contaminants and allergens from infiltrating the air. However, if these filters become clogged or damaged, your system will have a harder time fighting off these pollutants, resulting in higher energy consumption and worsened air quality. 

It’s wise to clean or replace your air filters with any change in seasons. Generally, we recommend changing filters every one to three months. For households with pets or abnormally heavy AC usage, we advise checking your filters more frequently as they might wear out quicker than usual. 

Upgrade the Thermostat

If you don’t have a smart thermostat already, spring is the time to install one. These advanced HVAC tools have taken the industry by storm, helping home and business owners attain a new level of convenience and comfort. Users love smart thermostats because they eliminate the need for manual temperature adjustments. These Wi-Fi-connected devices generate automatic and programmable settings based on users’ recurring temperature preferences. For example, if you work a 9-5 schedule, your smart thermostat will adjust temperatures when you’re away. That way, you’re not wasting energy while you’re not home. 

Clean Interior Registers and Vents

Like your air filters, you also want to ensure your system’s airways are free of dust, dirt, and other pollutants. Otherwise, you might endure air quality issues and higher energy expenses. Before spring comes into full swing, take the time to vacuum around your ductwork and clean your vent grates. One easy way to get this done is to consider it like any other household chore and add it to your spring cleaning to-do list. Or, you might consider scheduling a professional ductwork cleaning service instead, which will likely be a more thorough and efficient cleaning. 

Remove Debris from the Outdoor Unit

If your area experiences harsh winters, chances are your outdoor AC unit was hurt in the aftermath. Heavy winter storms can cause residual leaves, tree branches, and other debris to clog or damage outdoor AC units. Before spring weather ensues, carefully clean and inspect your outdoor unit to ensure everything looks okay. In addition, consider tidying up surrounding landscaping to minimize future debris buildup. Contact your local air specialist for a professional inspection and repair if you notice significant damages or issues. 

Schedule Preventative Maintenance

When it comes to spring HVAC tips, we’ve saved the best for last. Scheduling preventive maintenance should always be on your seasonal HVAC to-do list. A visit from local HVAC experts will ensure your system is ready for the long and warm spring days ahead. Technicians will conduct a thorough system inspection, looking for potential issues that could arise in the future. The good news is that if they do detect a problem, technicians will likely catch it in its earliest phases and make repairs, so your system is good to go for spring. 

HVAC Heating and Cooling with ACS

Are you looking for spring HVAC repair, replacement, or maintenance? You can count on ACS to get the job done! With decades of industry experience, our certified HVAC technicians ensure peak system performance and efficiency across the board. Connect with our team today for top-quality HVAC maintenance, installation, and repair in Covington, Milledgeville, and surrounding areas