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Spring Maintenance That Will Save You Money
I came across a recent article in Money magazine titled “8 Spring Home Maintenance Projects That Will Save You Money” and was not surprised to see that scheduling routine HVAC maintenance was #2 on their list! Before the cooling season, having your central air conditioner professionally tuned-up will not only prevent major malfunctions in your AC unit (which as we all know can be costly and uncomfortable!), but will prolong the life of your equipment and help your unit run more efficiently, thus saving money in electrical costs. But did you know that the two most important spring maintenance tasks can be done by you?
- Clean or replace the air filters every month or as recommended by the manufacturer. Do not run the air conditioner while you have the air filter removed. If you have the kind that can be washed and re-inserted – such as an electrostatic air cleaner – make sure it is completely dry before re-installing it. If you have spring and summer allergies, buy the air filters with the highest MERV rating you can find, as they will filter out more pollens, mold and dust particles, and give you higher quality indoor air.
- Clean in and around the outdoor condenser unit. Every month, remove leaves and debris that often gather around the unit, and trim any bushes or vegetation so there is adequate clearance – at least 2 feet – on all sides of the unit. When mowing the lawn, keep grass clippings away from the unit. If you covered the outdoor unit during the winter months to prevent snow and ice from getting in, be sure to uncover the unit before turning on the air conditioner!
A thorough spring maintenance check by a professional will check the fan grill and blades, clean the condenser coils, check and lubricate the fan motor, check the thermostat operation, verify all the safety mechanisms are operating and that the condensate drain is clear, and so much more! Check out our previous blogs on Spring Maintenance:
The height of the summer heat is no time to try to be handling a maintenance issue, especially if it could have been prevented. Use the advice of Money magazine to schedule a spring HVAC maintenance check so you can save money while remaining cool this summer.