There’s nothing like springtime to energize us after a long, hard winter. If you’re feeling ready to take on the world, why not start with spring cleaning around the home? And while you’re at it, don’t forget to add HVAC spring cleaning to your list of chores.
Why Your HVAC Needs Cleaning
Many homeowners aren’t aware of the benefits of cleaning the HVAC system, let alone how to go about it. The fact is, cleaning some of the system parts can improve indoor air quality, and help the HVAC run more efficiently. The tasks detailed below can be easily performed by most homeowners.
- Floor registers. A lot of dirt and debris can fall into floor registers over time. Before cleaning, turn off the airflow, then remove the vent cover. Vacuum it thoroughly, then soak it in soapy water and scrub it with a sponge or brush. Vacuum inside the vent, then go over the surfaces with a sponge and replace the vent cover.
- Return vents and ductwork. Use the same procedure detailed above on the return vents. If you suspect your ductwork needs cleaning, contact a professional. This is not a DIY task.
- Condenser. Leaves, grass and other debris that may have collected on your outdoor condenser unit over winter can impede airflow, so clear it all away. Maintain a clear space around the unit of at least 2 feet.
- Coils. Your indoor evaporator coils and outdoor condenser coils could both use an annual cleaning to run more efficiently. For the outdoor coils, use a coil brush to gently remove debris, then go over them with a fin comb to straighten them. You can also apply coil cleaner. Wet the coils, then spray them with the cleaner. Leave the cleaner on the recommended time, and then wash off gently with a spray nozzle. For the indoor coils, you simply apply the cleaner and let it evaporate. No further cleaning is necessary.
If you’d like to learn more about HVAC spring cleaning, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve served the Greater Cleveland area for 75 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about HVAC spring cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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