What Can I Do to Prep My HVAC for Spring?
While there are still some cold nights ahead, spring is officially on its way! And that means it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll transition your home – and HVAC – for the new season.
The warmer days of spring will be a relief to your home’s HVAC system, which has been working hard since last fall. January’s heavy snows and hurricane-force winds were a reminder that life on the Front Range can be quite an adventure, weather-wise.
But the days of relying on the HVAC for warmth aren’t over yet. So what can be done to prepare for a change in seasons, before the change happens? There are a couple of ways to anticipate spring’s arrival.
- Change your air filter
Heavy use of your HVAC system creates a great deal of strain. Forcing more warm air through the system means a greater amount of dust and particulates get moved.
Air filters are designed to keep dust and other particles away from the important parts of your HVAC system, but they don’t last forever. You should regularly replace your air filter throughout the year, especially after a period of heavy use. This will keep your home’s air clean and free of springtime allergens.
- Check for leaking ducts
Your home’s HVAC system relies on metal ducts to carry warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. Leaking ducts are common, and they often occur where two pieces of metal join but don’t fit together all the way. Air leakages can be felt by holding a hand alongside the ducts. Any rush of air indicates that your system has gaps, which should be addressed as soon as possible.
- Add or replace insulation around your ducts
Putting a layer of insulation over your ductwork costs some money up front, but will eventually pay for itself by keeping your energy bills in check throughout the year.
- Schedule a service call
The best way to get your HVAC a springtime tune-up is with the help of professionals like the experts at Mitchell Heating.
Mitchell Heating’s trained HVAC technicians can check your system’s operating parts, to make sure they are operating at peak efficiency. They can also check your ductwork to patch up any energy-wasting leaks and ensure that your system is properly installed.
Mitchell Heating is a family owned and operated business dedicated to serving the Washington DC area through quality and affordable service. To schedule a home visit before spring arrives, visit mitchellheatingdc.com today or call (202) 621-2247.