Spring has officially arrived and with it comes warmer weather and longer days. In anticipation for summer, get a head start on spring cleaning. Today we are sharing a Spring Cleaning Check-List to help you started.
Schedule Your Annual A/C Tune-Up
Scheduling an A/C tune-up is important for making sure your home is both energy efficient and operating at peak performance. In a previous blog we touch on some key reasons homeowners should not neglect preventative maintenance. Read more here.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, annual tune-ups for your air conditioner can lower energy bills, extend the life of your cooling system and improve your overall comfort.
Replace Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Smoke Detector Batteries
Replacing the batteries of Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors is critical for your family’s safety. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can be life-threatening when not detected. It is recommended that you replace your batteries at least once per year (many people replace batteries during Day Light Saving Time) and to change out the entire device after 10 years. Learn more about Carbon Monoxide safety here.
Change Air Filters
Most people are affected by seasonal allergies, so making sure your indoor air quality is as clean as possible will alleviate common allergy symptoms. Changing the air filters is not only beneficial for the longevity of your cooling unit, but it is a simple and effective way to increase the air quality of your home. Take a look at some of our other HVAC Tips for Homeowners to learn more DIY HVAC maintenance tips.
Before the summer heat pulls you toward the pool or the beach, spend some time performing maintenance around the outside of your home. Increasing the air flow around outdoor AC units is a great way to keep energy costs low. Depending on the landscape of your home this might include trimming plants, clearing fallen branches, or removing weeds and other plants that are encroaching on your condenser unit. For more ideas on landscaping for energy conservation, check out our blog where we answer the question Can Landscaping Affect Home Energy Consumption?
Adjusting Thermostat Settings
If your home uses a programmable thermostat, adjust the settings as temperatures begin steadily increasing. Setting a cooling schedule for your home that is customized to your daily lifestyle is an easy way to save money on your energy bill. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat installed, now is a great time to invest in one.
General Cleaning Around the Home
General spring cleaning around the house is an effective measure for increasing the air quality of your home. Vacuuming the floors, cleaning windows, dusting the fans, and cleaning out wood-burning fireplaces are great places to start. Dust accumulation can lead to respiratory congestion and poor indoor air quality.
And, if your question isn’t answered here, contact the National Refrigeration team and we’ll find your solution.
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