With spring in full swing, homeowners all over Monmouth County are starting their spring cleaning checklist. One important item that many people forget is HVAC spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning your HVAC system helps you improve the air quality in your home by removing sources of dust and other allergy-causing particles. It also gives you a chance to make sure your A/C is in good working order for summer. Most importantly, it’s easy to add some simple HVAC spring cleaning tasks to your current spring cleaning list.
For example, when you are outside getting your yard ready for spring and summer, you can take a few minutes to tidy your outside HVAC unit. Just follow these easy steps:
- Make sure your HVAC system is turned off.
- Clear away any leaves or debris that’s built up around your unit over the winter.
- Remove weeds, baby trees/shrubs, or any other plant growth that might end up blocking air flow.
- Use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner hose to clean the metal fins that surround the unit. These fins are very easy to bend, so be gentle!
While you’re cleaning and decluttering the inside of your house, you can take a minute to spring clean your HVAC vents. There are several options you can use:
- If your vents are dusty but don’t have any caked-on dirt, a microfiber cloth or brush will usually do the trick.
- Another option is to use your vacuum hose, with or without a brush attachment.
- If you see dirt that won’t come off easily, you have two options:
- Remove the vent covers, soak them in soapy water, then scrub, dry, and replace;
- Get a cloth wet with soapy water or cleaning solution and scrub the vent covers while they are still in place. You might need to wrap the cloth around a blunt knife or other long, narrow object to get it into the tight openings between the vents.
- Check your filter and replace it if it’s dirty.
For more tips on HVAC spring cleaning or other HVAC matters in Monmouth County, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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