Seasonal changes in Minnesota can be tricky. While the calendar says one thing, the weather outside might be hung up on another. Nevertheless, the outdoor temps seem to agree that spring is here. And shifting your HVAC from winter to spring is likely on your to-do list. Keep reading to learn some tips for a smooth transition from winter to spring.
Keeping tabs on your HVAC filter can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. And this simple task can possibly extend the life of your HVAC unit. We recommend that homeowners check and change filters every one to six months, (based on manufacturers’ recommendations), more often if you have pets or allergy sufferers in the home.
Because we spend more time indoors during the colder months, air filters tend to get dirtier in the winter. Be sure you’re welcoming the spring season with a fresh, clean filter that is the right size and type for your unit. If you’re unsure which filter to use, your trusted HVAC technician can help.
If you put a cover over or breathable fabric blanket around your outdoor unit during the winter, now is the time to remove it. Running the system with a cover in place can harm the unit and may result in costly repairs.
In addition, check the unit for debris or any damage. Clear away dirt, branches, vegetation, or other clutter that may have collected around the unit. Keeping that area from obstruction will help the condenser coils work to produce cool air for in-home comfort this spring and summer.
When checking off items on your spring-cleaning list, remember to dust, vacuum, and wipe down air vents and registers. These pathways for airflow can become dirty or clogged during the winter months. Be sure you’re getting the proper amount of high-quality air circulating throughout each room.
Spring is also a good time to have your ducts cleaned. Clean ducts help prevent mold and mildew growth, reduce allergens and other irritants, eliminate odors, and provide better quality air for your family’s health and happiness.
Once you’ve removed any cover or debris from on or around your outdoor unit, turn it on to make sure it’s in working order. Be sure the system sounds healthy and is churning out cool air. If you notice any strange noises, turn off the unit and contact your HVAC specialist for an inspection. In addition, if the air coming from your vents feels warmer than it should, turn off the system and turn it back on. If the air still doesn’t feel cool, contact a qualified technician to inspect and assess your system.
As a homeowner, you can perform some of the tasks for shifting your HVAC from winter to spring. Some steps may require a more detailed look at the system by a qualified team of HVAC experts. Scheduling regular maintenance can help your system run longer and more efficiently. An HVAC technician can check every part of your system and recognize or diagnose potential issues before they become bigger and more expensive problems.