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  • April 12, 2022

Though it seemed impossible a few short weeks ago, the signs are clear: Puddles the size of small lakes, pups and children tracking mud wherever they go, and the welcome return of birds chirping on those first joyful walks without winter layers.

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner.

It’s time to prepare your home for the hot months ahead.

Refresh Your Furnace

Excuse me, my furnace? Yes, your furnace worked hard all winter, but it also plays an important role in the summer—circulating cool, conditioned air throughout your home. So don’t flip the switch from “heat” to “cool” without making sure it’s in tip-top shape.

It doesn’t take much; just replace the air filter to keep your airflow fresh and the HVAC system healthy. (You should do this every one to three months all year, but in case you’ve let it slide, consider this your friendly reminder!)

Dust Off Your Registers

Air supply and return registers are the entry and exit points of your HVAC system. As forced air flows in and out, dust, pet dander, and other allergens can collect on the grilles. Before firing up your AC, make the rounds to dust and wipe down your registers. Want to go above and beyond in the name of indoor air quality?

Want to go above and beyond in the name of indoor air quality? Consider scheduling a professional duct cleaning service (especially if you can’t remember when you last had it done). We strongly suggest using a NADCA member or visiting ADCBV to see the ranking of a local business. Technicians should use powerful vacuums to remove accumulated layers of dust and other contaminants from your ductwork to improve airflow, performance, and ventilation.

Clean Your AC Condenser

After a gnarly winter, your AC condenser—the unit in your backyard—is likely covered in dirt and debris. The condenser coils in your outdoor unit release heat generated by the cooling process. Dirty coils can trap heat, making your system work harder with lackluster results. That means higher energy bills and less heat relief.

You can clean your outdoor unit yourself with a low-pressure garden hose. Add a capful of bleach to the condensate pump monthly to keep the pump line clear. Not sure what a condensate pump is? Standard Heating & Air Conditioning includes AC cleaning in spring maintenance visits.

Schedule a Seasonal Tune-Up

The easiest way to ready your HVAC system for a new season and extend its overall lifetime is to schedule seasonal maintenance with HVAC professionals. A tune-up visit includes thorough equipment inspection, safety testing, and cleaning to ensure your system is working efficiently and effectively.

Far from an unnecessary luxury, regular HVAC maintenance means lower utility bills, fewer costly repairs, and better performance over the lifespan of your system.