Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means– spring allergies. This may be an especially big concern if your HVAC equipment isn’t functioning properly, or hasn’t received necessary tune-ups and maintenance recently. Fortunately, Jack Frost Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC has all the spring cleaning tips you need. Keep reading for our top HVAC tips to reduce spring allergies, and remember that our HVAC professionals are available 24/7 to keep your home comfortable, no matter what the season is.
Clean/Replace Air Filters
As the weather gets warmer and you make the switch from your heater to your air conditioning unit, it’s important to be mindful that your AC filter has been sitting idle for months, just collecting dust. This can create a nasty smell and lead to poor indoor air quality when you eventually fire up your system again. That’s why it’s essential to clean or replace your unit’s filter every spring. Some air conditioners have reusable filters, which can easily be washed and reinstalled seasonally. Others have replaceable filters that should be switched out twice a year, if not more, depending on usage. Bottom line: for everyone in your household with allergy issues, not to mention for the well-being of everyone in your home, period, filter replacement is an essential part of air conditioning upkeep.
Inspect/Scrub Down the Outdoor Unit
Over the course of the winter, chances are your outdoor HVAC unit will accumulate a certain amount of debris. While these outdoor units are built to withstand a good deal of wear and tear, it is still important to inspect and clean them annually, especially after the snow starts to thaw and/or the sun starts to come out again. Make sure there are no loose items like sticks and leaves in the unit, and scrub down the exterior area lightly with a sponge and water. At the very least, you should check the unit thoroughly for signs of damage, as the last thing you want is to find out that an animal has made a nest in your HVAC system over the winter months. In cases where the unit has experienced visible damage, make sure to call a technician to have your system professionally inspected and cleaned.
Check the Vents
Without clean air vents, it’s impossible to have an efficient HVAC system.You may notice when you fire your furnace up at the beginning of winter that there is a distinct smell of burning dust coming from the unit. While this is a sign that your indoor unit should be cleaned, you should also watch out for strange smells in the spring, as this is an indicator that ducts may need to be cleaned. In most cases, dust, dander, and other debris accumulate in your HVAC ducts over fall and winter, and then get pumped throughout the house when you turn the AC on in the spring. In a worst-case scenario, you could also end up with mice or roaches in your air ducts, leaving contaminants that create poor air quality for your whole household. Don’t let your air ducts spread unnecessary germs this spring, and check your vents today.
Hire a Professional
Ultimately, the best way to ensure your HVAC system is functioning properly year-round is to hire a professional. At Jack Frost Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC, our comfort experts provide services designed to reduce indoor air pollutants and improve life for allergy-sufferers and everyone else in your house. Contact us today for a professional heater or AC tune-up, and find out why local homeowners love us firsthand.