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Welcome Spring, and Spring Maintenance!

Matching the clockwork motion of heavens and the stars, spring once again greets us this Sunday! March 20th is the first day of spring this year, as evidenced by the warming weather and the Daylight Saving Time jump this past Sunday. Though we still have some chilly weather ahead, summer will be here before you know it, and with it will come the hottest days of the year, so it’s best to plan ahead. Early spring is actually the best time to get annual maintenance done since you haven’t stressed your AC unit yet. So, without further ado, let’s get ready for spring.

The Why for Spring Maintenance

  • Allergies
  • Efficiency
  • Longevity

The quality of the air inside your home suffers greatly during the winter. The furnace keeps your air dry while the sealed windows and oft-closed door prevents you from airing out the house more regularly. Heavy coats being unpacked means an increase in lint and dust in the air. This is compounded if you have pets that stay indoors during the winter. By this point, your air filter is probably a nightmare of trapped airborne particles. Your allergies will be even worse during the spring because of the all the pollen being spread by flowers and trees. As they awake and begin pollinating you’ll want to be sure that your home is ready to filter all of that free from the air, especially what you bring inside with you after an outside walk.

Maintenance helps you find problems with your central air unit and ventilation system, but it has an added benefit that most people are unaware of: efficiency. A unit that hasn’t been maintained suffers from low efficiency and increased energy usage costs. Dirty filters, bad bearings, and clogged dusty evaporators can all impede an air conditioner’s ability to function properly, increasing the work it has to do to maintain the climate in your home. Making sure that these things are ready before turning on your system ensures effective cooling from the beginning, and lower costs for the year.

An efficient system doesn’t have to work as hard as the old system you simply hope works for the year. When your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard, parts wear out at a slower rate. The decreased rate of wear means you can trust your system for far longer. Many systems can even last longer than their official lifespans if regular maintenance is performed each year.

The What for HVAC Maintenance

So it’s time for spring maintenance on your air conditioner. You know why you should follow through with the annual maintenance, but what do you need to be looking at specifically. There are two kinds of maintenance to be performed, the stuff you can do on your own (typically inexpensive) and the type of maintenance that requires a licensed professional.

The most important thing you can do is to change out your air filters. It’s an easy service to perform and has a huge impact on the efficiency of your system (and the quality of the air in your home). If you like, you can even upgrade the quality of your filter this year.

But you should also take the time to make sure that the condenser drain line for your HVAC system is clear. Keeping a blocked drain line makes it difficult for your condenser to run and can lead to water damage in your home.

Take the time to make sure you have at least three feet of clearance around your external HVAC unit. If the outdoor unit is enclosed, it makes heat exchanging difficult. Dry brush or other material can also over heat, with the possibility of combusting if left to accumulate.

Make sure that your vents and registers are open, and clean them with a vacuum cleaner if they’re dirty. A quick test of your smoke and CO alarms is also highly advisable.

These are all effective means of preparing your HVAC unit for the year, but there are many other systems in need of maintenance and evaluation during the spring time. This is why it’s best to hire a fully licensed HVAC contractor to perform your spring maintenance. A full inspection will:

  • Check ductwork and ventilation for leaks
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Clean fan blower bearings
  • Test thermostat controls
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils
  • Verify refrigerant levels

So take the time to schedule your spring maintenance before the rush starts. That way, when the summer heat finally hits, you aren’t spending more on a dusty system or having to deal with a broken down air conditioner.

Cassel Home Comfort Heating & Cooling is committed to being your best HVA/C contractor choice in Central Illinois in both Value and Customer Service! Call us to maintain your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in the Champaign, IL area: (217) 866-1596.

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