Every homeowner understands the necessity of continuous HVAC and plumbing upkeep, especially when planning a spring clean up. Spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to just a few months out of the year. It’s crucial that individuals check off a few small tasks from their to-do list each month or schedule service with a professional.
But not every homeowner knows what tasks should even be on the spring cleaning list.
This preventative upkeep ensures that the homeowner’s infrastructure stays in tip-top condition and maximizes the lifespan of important appliances that keep homes comfortable and operating efficiently. The team at John C. Flood provided the ultimate spring cleaning checklist that is applicable year round.
The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist
HVAC Unit Spring Cleaning Tips
Here are some HVAC maintenance pointers that homeowners can use throughout the year:
Change your HVAC filter.
Your HVAC filter helps to protect and increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, as well as maintain the quality of the air in your home. This filter removes allergens and harmful particles from the air circulated by your air conditioner or furnace.
That’s why it’s important to change your HVAC filter whenever it’s dirty. It’s crucial to regularly check your HVAC filter. However, the cadence of this change depends on a variety of factors within your home. If you have pets and are more susceptible to allergies, the filter should be changed every 30-45 days, but otherwise, you can probably get away with changing it on a less frequent basis. The right HVAC filter depends on several variables, such as MERV rating.
Adjust the ceiling fans.
Your ceiling fan direction matters depending on the season. A room has a ceiling fan, you should change the direction of its rotation to cool down the room as you enter into warmer months. The best ceiling fan direction for spring is a counterclockwise motion at a high speed. This moves the air around the room to ensure that dust doesn’t settle and the air doesn’t become stale. If adjusting the ceiling fan isn’t enough, a whole-home air purification system drastically improves air quality.
Wipe down air supply registers.
The spring season is the perfect time to wipe down air supply and return vents. Dust can collect on the slats of the air supply registers if neglected for too long. Check that every register around the house is fully open and that air isn’t blocked by debris. Make sure that these vents aren’t blocked by rugs or curtains, which can put unnecessary strain on your HVAC system. Wiping down the slats with a damp rag to remove particles should be sufficient to clean these registers. This will allow your HVAC system to improve your indoor air quality.
Dust off solid surface and wash fabrics that harbor allergens.
Spring cleaning isn’t complete without a thorough wipe down of surfaces and laundering fabrics that are washed infrequently. Use a damp rag to wipe down counters, mirrors, cabinets, picture frames, decorative objects. Wash curtains and removable seating cushions in order to remove potential debris and allergens.
Adjust the thermostat.
Homeowners can save money by investing in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat helps make it easy for you to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in both summer and winter - when you are home, asleep, or away. It ensures that your HVAC system isn’t operating unnecessarily to heat or cool your home.
Don’t Wait Until Spring For Seasonal Maintenance, Call John C. Flood For Year-Round Service
While you’re checking things off your spring cleaning list, check off scheduling regular, preventative HVAC and plumbing service with John C. Flood. Although regular spring cleaning can help, sometimes professional HVAC maintenance is necessary.
We’ve had over a century of experience with seasons in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. Our team of licensed experts has seen it all, and no problem is too big for us to handle. To ensure the longevity of your HVAC and plumbing systems, it’s important to get regular tune-ups. Our technicians have a trained eye for potential issues that could quickly become more costly without proper care.
Every season brings new weather and, with it, potentially damaging conditions. Trust your home to John C. Flood to save money, increase energy efficiency, and keep your home comfortable in every season. Call us at (703) 752-1266 or schedule online for all of your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs!