Don’t Forget About Your HVAC System in Your Spring Cleaning Chores

Don't Forget About Your HVAC System in Your Spring Cleaning ChoresNow that winter is over, it’s the ideal time to give the house a thorough cleaning before hot summer weather settles in. When you’re making a list of chores to tackle, be sure to add the following HVAC spring cleaning tasks to boost the system’s performance and energy efficiency, and preserve your indoor air quality.

Clean the Return Air Registers

With every HVAC system cycle, airborne dust and debris is drawn to the return registers. As they clog up, vital airflow that’s needed for the system to function properly can start to decline, so it’s important to keep them clean. Vacuum them first to get rid of any loose debris, then take the registers off and give them a thorough cleaning on both sides with clean soapy water. While they’re off, vacuum any dust bunnies inside the accessible return duct.

Scrub the Floor Registers

Your floor registers can become a repository for an unappealing collection of miscellaneous items over the winter months, like dust, human and pet hair, animal dander, stray pieces of pet food—virtually any small bits of debris that hit the floor can fall through. To scrub them clean, follow the same procedure you used for the return registers. Be sure to let all of the registers dry thoroughly before putting them back in place.

Clean Up Around the Outdoor Unit

Broken branches, twigs, dead leaves and other yard debris that collects around the outdoor unit over the winter can impede airflow through the condenser coil. To prevent this, tidy the area up before you start using the air conditioner this spring, and trim back any overgrown vegetation within a two-foot radius of the unit.

Schedule Professional HVAC Spring Cleaning

During a spring maintenance visit, an HVAC technician inspects and tunes up the equipment, and cleans dirt and debris from key components including the blower unit, evaporator coil and outdoor condenser coil. Your technician can also inspect the ducts to see if negative pressure duct cleaning is needed.

To schedule professional HVAC spring cleaning for your San Diego home, contact us today at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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  • Thanks for explaining how important it is to remember to thoroughly clean out your HVAC system before the summer months. It makes sense that you would want to make sure everything is working efficiently before it gets too hot. You make a good point about also scheduling a professional cleaning and inspection. I would think that it can be helpful for a licensed contractor to tune up your equipment and look for any problems that need fixing.

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  • Many people miss out how importance it is to clean up your hvac appliances. Maintaining it clean and free from any impurities can reduce your monthly bills. You cannot believe the figure how much savings you will get. Your trusted HVAC Repair Los Angeles can do all the hard chores.

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