Spring is often a popular time for cleaning up your place of business or home, removing clutter and making sure you have eliminated any nasty viruses or bacteria accumulated over the winter months.
And sometimes the most important cleaning needs are the ones you can’t see. Air conditioning systems, vents, fans and exhausts all require regular cleaning to keep them working well. Also, to keep your home and business healthy.
To help get the most out of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, here’s an easy spring maintenance checklist everybody can follow.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips
All through the year, your air conditioner does a lot of work keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. As a result, your air conditioning units benefit considerably from some regular, easy maintenance.
Clean or change air filters
If the air filters in your air conditioner are dirty, air flow is restricted. This means the system has to work harder and costs you more in energy. Luckily, there’s an inexpensive fix.
Most units have filters which can be easily removed and cleaned. This should be done regularly to manage performance. Depending on the type of filters in your system, it may be beneficial to change them rather than clean them.
Check your outdoor air conditioning unit
Particularly if your outdoor unit is located near trees, checking the surrounding area is essential. All types of debris such as leaves, dirt, pine needles and even weeds can restrict airflow. During your spring cleaning, check the outdoor unit and give it a good clean around the area.
Book a comprehensive service
Most air conditioning units require annual servicing to keep them running efficiently. We strongly suggest finding a reputable HVAC technician once a year to make sure your system is running smoothly. Even with the regular maintenance you can do yourself, professional servicing is still required, and what better time than spring!
Clean Air Vents
Some of the best spring-cleaning jobs are the easiest. If you have ducted heating, make sure you regularly wipe down the vents to avoid a build-up of dust, pet hair and other particles that can block the airway. All you need is a bit of soapy water!
Time to Clean Your Kitchen Exhaust Hood
It’s often a pretty unpleasant job, especially if you haven’t done it for a while. But the exhaust hood above your stove holds all sorts of germs, grease and bacteria. Despite the obvious health risks of that, a build-up in the exhaust also makes it ineffective. Use your spring cleaning as a chance to clean the filters and the entire exhaust hood area.
Getting Rid of Mould and Dust
Finally, spring is a great time to rid your business and home of mould and dust. The windows are a major problem area for both, so you should go through every room in the house and thoroughly clean around all windows.
If you have ceiling fans, a lot of dust can accumulate on the top of the blades and ultimately get spread through your house. Give them a good wipe regularly. Furthermore, you can also consider buying an air purifier or air defender that help stop the spread of viruses and bacteria. They’re reasonably inexpensive and help to keep your home free of allergens, mould, germs and provide cleaner air all year round.
If you’re looking for a team to help you get ready, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local RCR crew