By: Brian Schutt
Read on for tips for getting a clean HVAC system in your Indianapolis home, as well as other indoor and outdoor spring-cleaning maintenance tasks.
Your Indianapolis HVAC system needs some attention after a long winter. Spring maintenance helps your system perform at its best when warm days finally return and it’s time to kick on the air conditioning!
Trust the Indianapolis HVAC system pros at Homesense Heating & Cooling to share expertise for inside and out tasks for a healthier, better-performing heating and cooling system this season.
If you have questions about any of your heating and cooling systems, we’re happy to chat. We consider it our job to share what we know and then get out of the way. No gimmicks and no games. Conversations are just that: conversations.
In addition to the following DIY steps, we recommend homeowners schedule preventative maintenance for your Indianapolis HVAC system this spring. Our skilled technicians inspect, clean, and care for all system components.
Preventative maintenance helps Indianapolis homeowners avoid cooling system breakdowns, cut energy costs, and improve home comfort.
Clean HVAC System: Indoor Checklist
Change your air filter
Your air filter removes contaminants as air flows through your Indianapolis HVAC system. Change air filters as recommended by the filter manufacturer. This time varies based on the type of filter you use – anywhere from monthly for 1-inch filters with lower MERV ratings to 12 months for thicker filters with higher MERV ratings.
Factors like indoor smoking, pets, and living with respiratory or cardiac conditions may alter this schedule. According to the EPA, we breathe in a variety of indoor pollutants, including dust, pet hair, dander, and pollen.
Other contaminants include airborne spores from viruses, bacteria, mold, mildew, and even insect or vermin excrement or body parts. Did you shudder? We know it’s unpleasant. At Homesense Heating & Cooling, air quality is a popular topic, so if you’re interested, give us a call at (317) 458-9255. We can help improve the air you breathe indoors.
Clean your vents
Registers and intake air vents throughout the home collect dust and debris over the winter. Use a dusting cloth to remove buildup. For tough to remove buildup, carefully remove the vent and clean before reinstalling.
If you need additional help, we can bring the heavy-duty equipment for duct cleaning. We recommend professional duct cleaning especially if you suspect mildew has grown inside your system. Another good time to schedule this service is when you’ve moved into a new home or recently completed a home renovation project.
Keep vents clear
Go through your home and check all registers and intake air vents. Make sure they are not blocked and the louvers are open. Vents blocked with furniture, rugs, curtains, or large toys, living areas do not receive adequate conditioned air.
It, therefore, becomes difficult to maintain temperatures and pressure builds in your Indianapolis HVAC system. This leads to stress and eventually damage.
Clear the area around indoor components
The air handler and/or furnace of your Indianapolis HVAC system needs to be clear of items. Do not store items near your HVAC equipment, as this restricts airflow to the unit. Flammable items stored near your HVAC equipment pose a risk of fire.
Check your thermostat
First, if you have a battery-powered thermostat, check the batteries and replace them if necessary. Second, wipe down your thermostat with a dry cloth to remove excess dust from its exterior. Third, be sure to check the settings after dusting. It’s easy to accidentally move switches and hit buttons.
Check your thermostat programs
If you have a programmable thermostat, your schedules need to be changed for cooling system use after the winter. Reprogram the thermostat for the spring with schedules to match your home’s occupancy schedules and comfort preferences. Depending on your thermostat model, the time change may necessitate adjustments.
Clean HVAC System: Outdoor Checklist
Clean your outdoor unit
Over the winter, it is likely some debris gathered around your exterior heat pump or air conditioning condenser. Remove all leaves, sticks, and other items settled on your unit.
Clear around your outdoor unit
Maintain at least two feet of clearance surrounding your air conditioner or heat pump. This allows air to flow freely to the unit. It also provides good access for technicians performing maintenance or repairs. Finally, remove all vegetation in this area and prune nearby shrubs and trees.
Check your gutters
Damaged guttering above outdoor cooling system equipment often allows water to flow into your equipment. Enough water and it causes damage. Ensure guttering functions properly to protect your Indianapolis HVAC system.
In Conclusion: Trust Homesense Heating & Cooling with a Clean HVAC System
Schedule preventative maintenance for your Indianapolis HVAC system today – contact Homesense Heating & Cooling! Our skilled technicians perform the maintenance services your heating and cooling systems need for better performance and efficiency.
For the most convenience, join a preventative maintenance program. It’s a great value and makes it easy to stay on top of the services your Indianapolis HVAC system needs. Have any questions about your heating and air equipment? Ask away! We love to share what we’ve learned with homeowners in Indianapolis.
We also work with realtors and property developers. Are you planning on listing a property this spring? Let us get the HVAC system ready for new owners. We provide HVAC inspection services as well, in greater Indianapolis, including Geist, Zionsville, Castleton, Fishers, and Broad Ripple.