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How Should Homeowners Prepare Their HVAC System for Spring?

How Should Homeowners Prepare Their HVAC System for Spring?

Apr 8, 2022 | SMA, AC, Air Filter, Blog, Columbus, Five Star, HVAC, OH, Ohio, Service Maintenance Agreement, Spring, Thermostat

Five Star Heating & Cooling Group would love to aid you in your spring preparations for your home. Typically, when one hears the word “spring,” it is associated with spring cleaning and the decluttering process. While this is true, we want to stress how important it is for homeowners to utilize this time to get their residential HVAC systems spring-ready. Because spring is the perfect season when it is neither too hot nor too cold, it is time to get everything in order as Ohio residents prepare for the warmer months ahead.

Have I Changed the Air Filter Recently?

Air filters play an essential role in your HVAC system and its ability to function at a high capacity. Without an air filter, dust particles and other contaminants would freely circulate within your home. For this reason, it is recommended that air filters are regularly changed every 1-2 months. However, you want to consider that pollen and other allergens are prominent this time of the year, so it would not be a bad idea to check your air filters a little more frequently this season.

When Was the Last Time I Changed the Thermostat’s Batteries?

Your thermostat is the key communicator between you and your HVAC system. If your thermostat is not working, the same will go for your HVAC system. Often when a thermostat is not responding, batteries are the last thought. Generally, when a thermostat’s batteries are approaching their end, your thermostat will notify you that they are at a low battery level. Unfortunately, you never know when this could happen. It could occur while you’re at work all day or perhaps on vacation. Coming home to an uncooled house is not something anyone wants to deal with. You can ultimately prevent this thermostat mishap by proactively changing the batteries with some fresh new ones for the spring season.

How Does the Ductwork Look?

Air leaks are not your friend! In fact, you don’t want them present at all. So, if you have any exposed ductwork within your home (usually located in the basement), perform an inspection to ensure there are none. If you find any holes, rips, gaps, or openings, it would be wise to note where you see any and have them properly sealed.

Is the Drainage Hole Clean or Clogged?

Air conditioning systems generally have a drainage hole located at the base of the system. The drainage hole’s purpose is to redirect condensation away from the unit. When the cooling unit is not in use in the wintertime, it is common for the drainage hole to become clogged with dust particles and other contaminants. Therefore, you want to perform a quick check to make sure nothing is blocking the drainage hole. Of course, the last thing you will want to deal with is a backed-up drain. 

What About the Outdoor Unit?

Don’t forget about the condenser located outside! Out of sight, out of mind, right? Unfortunately, the condenser is often overlooked due to being outside. Still, it is important to keep this area clear of any plants, weeds, sticks, debris, and other items causing obstructions.

Did I Book Our Spring Maintenance Check?

Your furnace should be serviced for its tune-up in the fall. The same goes for your air conditioner needing to be serviced for its tune-up in the spring. Maintaining your seasonal tune-ups & safety checks is highly recommended for preventative maintenance. This ensures your HVAC system is running at its best potential and up to par with current safety standards. In addition, maintaining these fall and spring maintenance checks also keeps your manufacturer’s warranty active.

Ohio residents understand the struggle of the ever-fluctuating weather. One day you may need to turn on your furnace, and the next, you might be trying to beat the heat by turning on your cooling unit. Whatever HVAC needs you may have, your Five Star Heating & Cooling Group family is here and ready to assist you. Let us show you what it means to experience the five-star difference. Call (614) 490-7550, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!