As winter comes to a close, it is time for spring cleaning! From dusting, vacuuming and mopping to washing windows, cleaning surfaces of all kinds, getting organized and donating old clothes, you will love starting fresh for springtime and the feeling of satisfaction you’ll have at the end of all the hard work. As you put together your to-do list, add these four items to help your HVAC system run longer and efficiently.
- Change your air filter
Air filters help keep your HVAC system and ductwork clean, plus they improve indoor air quality by trapping airborne particles like allergens and dust. We recommend replacing your air filter once a month for peak efficiency and filtration, or if you use a washable air filter, clean it once a month during heavy use periods. This is especially important if you live in a high pollen count area.
- Keep windows and doors closed
We know homeowners love to open their windows and doors in the spring to let the fresh air in. But the air isn’t so fresh. Opening windows and doors brings in outdoor allergens into your home and is especially rough for those who suffer from asthma or allergies. Keeping them closed also increases your HVAC system’s efficiency and costs you less money because air conditioning is not flowing right out of your house.
- Buy an air purifier
Along with high-quality air filters and your HVAC system, an air purifier helps improve your indoor air quality by neutralizing airborne allergens and other pollutants in your home. Check out the selection of air purifiers at any local home improvement store or talk to one of our HVAC technicians about installing one in your home.
- Schedule a maintenance appointment
We always recommend a maintenance appointment for your air conditioner in the spring. Your air conditioner works hard to keep your home cool when it is hot outside, so it is critical to take good care of it. When an air conditioner has been well taken care of, it can last around 14 years. During your maintenance appointment, the HVAC technician will clean and inspect the unit, noting any repair needs.. Consider investing in an HVAC maintenance plan with Keith Air Conditioning to make annual maintenance simple.
All the spring cleaning you are already going to do will benefit your HVAC system automatically! Cleaning your home regularly, including dusting, vacuuming, mopping and washing laundry, is a good way to remove allergens that we track in every day on our shoes, clothes, jackets, pets and more. Your air filter will still do its job of trapping airborne pollutants, but regular cleaning will give it a little less work to do.
For even more information on indoor air quality, check out the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Care for Your Air” guide.
Start fresh this spring and make sure HVAC maintenance is part of your spring cleaning to-do list. Contact Keith Air Conditioning at 251-517-4437 to schedule a maintenance appointment or to sign up for an HVAC maintenance plan.