Are you looking to get a headstart in preparing your home for the upcoming hotter months? You are probably already thinking of the spring cleaning you are going to do to your house and how wonderful it will feel once all the dust is gone, you have purged unnecessary items and to finish it off, you have lit your favorite candle. However, while you are taking care of all of that, don’t forget about a very important part of your home, your HVAC system.
There are a few very important steps you can take to ensure your HVAC system is performing its best to bring your whole family comfort during the spring and summer seasons.
Schedule a Spring Maintenance Inspection
This is possibly the most important step. A spring inspection helps maintain indoor air quality, leading to more all over comfort within the home. It keeps your home as energy-efficient as possible and is also important in helping preserve the life of your air conditioner by preventing breakdowns and problems from arising later on down the line.
When the professionals come for the inspection, it is important to know exactly what you are getting. Many companies will just take a quick look at your unit and will leave you questioning if anything was actually done. At Minnick’s, our well-trained HVAC technicians perform a comprehensive maintenance inspection that typically takes an hour, following a checklist that they will provide to you once they are finished. That way you know that you are as prepared as you can be for the heat of summer.
Have Your Interior Air Quality Checked
Everyone knows that spring equals allergies. Although, you typically think of the outdoors when you think of allergies. Flowers are blooming, the grass is being cut and the amount of pollen in the air is overwhelming. People look to the indoors for relief, but according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outside concentrations. If the air quality in your home is poor, you are not helping the cause. In fact, you may be making it worse. Poor indoor air quality can affect those without allergies as well. Symptoms may include irritated eyes, nose, and throat, trouble breathing, headaches, light-headedness, and dizziness.
Typically, leaky ductwork is the cause of poor indoor air quality. At Minnicks, our Energy Audit can detect these issues, plus any issues that may be found in your HVAC system or insulation. After the audit, Minnick’s will provide you a Whole-Home Action Plan to explain the findings and offer solutions. On top of that, it will detail any possible energy rebates ranging from $250 to $ $7500 to lower the cost of the needed improvements. In the end, you will find yourself breathing easier and saving money.
If you are worried that your home may be affecting your health, go ahead and get started by taking our free assessment here.
Invest in Smart Technology
You always want to have the best technology when it comes to phones, TVs, computers, etc. So, why wouldn’t you want the best technology when it comes to your HVAC system? Minnick’s offers Smart Maintenance that will make your life much easier. Smart Maintenance can predict 80 percent of issues before they happen and can help prevent costly breakdowns. Minnick’s is also the only Maryland company offering this affordable, cutting-edge technology.
What Else Can I Do?
While you should leave most of the work to the professionals, there are still some things that you can do yourself to prepare your system during the spring and maintain the quality during the summer.
- Change Your Air Filters Regularly
This is a very simple task that can lower energy consumption and improve your indoor air quality. It is suggested to replace the filters every 90 days. If you have allergies, replacing your filter more often may relieve some symptoms.
- Remove Debris From In and Around the Outside Unit
Debris can eventually build-up and reduce airflow to the unit. By cleaning the unit, it will run more efficiently. You can start by removing debris such as sticks and leaves from the fan cage then sweep up around the unit and make sure there are no lower hanging branches over top of it.
The last day of winter is not until mid-March, March 19th to be exact, but the temperature is already rising, it is staying light outside longer and the rain is coming down. It is never too early to get a jumpstart, especially on something that can save you so much time and money in the end.