Now that winter’s just about over here at Anchor ClimateCare, your thoughts can turn towards spring cleaning and getting your home ready for the warmer weather ahead.
As you organize your garage, clean your windows, and declutter the house, don’t forget to give your air conditioner a springtime check-up too.
Just because you didn’t use it in winter doesn’t mean it didn’t get dirty or dusty.
Remember, your home cooling system was exposed to the elements (snow, ice, wind, cold temperatures) for the past 4 ½ months.
So there’s a good chance it’s a little bit grimy.
With that in mind, here are some easy-to-follow spring cleaning tips for your air conditioner.
Clean around your unit, and call for a tune-up
Even if you covered your air conditioner unit for winter, it could still use a good cleaning (and that goes double if it was left uncovered).
Inside the condenser, you might find things like:
- Debris (even small stones)
All of which can impact the effectiveness and lifespan of your AC.
- Around your unit, clean away any growth which may be encroaching on it (grass, weeds, etc.) Ideally, you want a 2′ clearance (minimum).
- Inside the unit, you’ll want to contact us to safely get in there, remove any problematic debris and give it a thorough tune-up.
Change the filter
In winter, you kept your furnace in tip-top shape by changing the filter on a regular basis.
With spring here, it’s time to do the same for your air conditioner.
A clean filter increases the effectiveness of your unit while it decreases your monthly hydro bills.
In addition, spring tends to be a tough season for those who suffer from allergies. A fresh filter prevents the following pollutants from circulating through your duct work:
- Pet dander
- Mold or mildew spores
- Organic matter (such as insect waste)
Swapping out an old filter for a new one is quick and will do wonders for the indoor air quality of your home.
Inspect your windows
You have a central air unit; not a portable wall-mounted air conditioner.
So why do you need to check your windows?
Simple: You want to make sure your windows close and seal tightly. Otherwise, cool air from you AC will escape during spring and summer (and you’ll end up wasting money).
Walk around the house and look at each window for things like:
- Worn-out caulking
- Missing or broken weather stripping
- Damaged hinges or sashes
- Drafts or air leaks
By making any small window repairs now, you’ll save yourself frustration (and higher energy bills) later.
Get your ducts cleaned
When you turn on your air conditioner this spring, do you notice a strange (or even bad) smell circulating through your home?
If so, it could be a sign that you need duct cleaning.
During winter, your furnace blew warm air throughout your home via its ducts. As mentioned earlier in this blog, pollutants may have formed or become trapped in there.
The cool air from your AC may be circulating those smelly irritants throughout your home.
Your best bet to prevent this from happening is to give your ducts a thorough spring cleaning check-up.
Let us spring clean your air conditioner for you
There’s an old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to break down during the hottest day of the summer.
So by spring cleaning your AC now, you’ll avoid the strange noises and breakdowns which can cause big problems for you, your home, and your family.