With temperatures still on the chilly side, we’re likely to still see some snow well into spring, but if you’ve lived in the Glenview area for even just a year, you know that heat waves can surprise us, and therefore it’s essential that you be ready for one. There are a number of maintenance tasks to do around your home to get it ready for spring, some of which will help your HVAC systems work more effectively and efficiently.
Maintaining Your Home for Spring
The first order of business is your air conditioner. Yes, we know warmer temperatures are still quite a ways off. However, it’s never too early in the spring to schedule AC maintenance. This service will ensure that your system is fully inspected and prepared for the work it’s going to be going on a daily basis through summer. This service should be conducted by a professional, but there are some other maintenance tasks you can do on your own around the home to get ready for spring. This includes:
- Cleaning your gutters to prevent backups and roof damage.
- Cleaning baseboards and outlets to prevent indoor air quality issues and other problems.
- Replacing the air filters in your HVAC system—this should be done every 1–3 months during periods of use, depending on the level of contaminants in your home.
- Cleaning faucets and showerheads.
- Cleaning out your dryer vent.
- Checking around for places susceptible to mold development.
- Clearing debris away from foundation vents if your home has a crawlspace.
- Testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Should You Shut Your Heater Down for the Season?
This is actually an often overlooked spring maintenance task. Sure, we talk about making sure your HVAC systems are ready for their respective seasons, but what about when those seasons are over? Aside from taking care of any late-season Glenview, IL heating repair needs, is there anything else you can do?
Yes, once temperatures warm up enough, you can shut down your heating system to save energy and money until temperatures begin to drop again in the fall. But how?
- Turn off the pilot light—unless of course, you need the pilot light for another appliance in your home.
- Switch your thermostat from heating to cooling mode. If you have a programmable thermostat, be sure to input your new temperature settings and adjust the timing as need be.
- Change your air filter. We mentioned this above, but it bears repeating. A clogged air filter can negatively affect the performance of your HVAC system.
- Clear away any debris that might be around your heater. This includes clutter that could pose a fire hazard like blankets or rags.
- Consider the shape of your heater. This will depend on the make and model, but most heaters can last for about a decade before it becomes time to consider an upgrade. What condition is yours in? Give our team a call if you think it may be time to start considering your options.
For all of your HVAC service needs and more, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today!