Spring cleaning today may not be exactly like it was in your grandparent's day, but the end result is still the same: a home that feels cleaner, fresher, and more comfortable.
With this goal in mind, you should consider other systems that need cleaning. Along with more modern cleaning tools, like steam mops and pressure washers, today's homeowners should consider widening the scope of the traditional spring cleaning process to include a thorough servicing of one of the hardest working systems in their home - the heating and cooling system.
If you are wondering why you need to add a spring service visit for your home's HVAC system to your annual spring cleaning task list, these four reasons are a great place to begin.
1. Avoid Costly Breakdowns
After last year's grueling summer heat and a seemingly endless winter, even newer heating and air conditioning components can show signs of wear or damage.
During a spring servicing appointment, an HVAC service professional can discover and replace any faulty switches, worn belts, and damaged circuits, instead of having them result in an emergency service call during the hot summer weather ahead.
2. Prolong System Lifespan
Dust and dirt are extremely damaging to the electronic and mechanical workings of the home HVAC system. In addition to causing wear from exposure to the sharp edges of dust particles, accumulations of dust and dirt add weight to moving parts, like fans and pulleys, causing them to wear out or malfunction sooner than they otherwise might.
Even homeowners who have always taken care to change their filters on time and keep the area around their HVAC system as clean as possible can benefit from having a skilled technician clean and remove accumulations of dust and dirt from inside each heating and cooling component at least once per year.
In addition to the indoor components, a professional servicing appointment for your heating and cooling system will include an inspection of the outdoor components and supply lines. Technicians will examine the compressor unit, clearing away accumulated fallen leaves and grass clippings from all vents, fins, and openings to ensure proper air flow and inspect hoses and wires for damage from chewing rodents.
3. Increase Efficiency
In addition to cleaning each HVAC component and checking for wear issues, a spring-cleaning HVAC service can make your summer cooling experience more pleasant and efficient.
Refrigerant leaks are a common problem in older air conditioning units and one that homeowners may not notice until they see their cooling bills reach new highs. When the level of refrigerant is low due to an existing leak in the system, the components must work harder to cool the home, resulting in higher energy usage as well as more wear on moving parts.
Since part of a spring service call will involve checking each line for leaks and measuring the amount of refrigerant in the system, homeowners will be able to look forward to summer without the fear of excessive cooling costs.
4. Consider an Upgrade or Replacement
Spring in the Palmdale, California, area offers some of the mildest temperatures of the year, making it the perfect time for having your present HVAC system upgraded or replaced.
Since major HVAC manufacturers, like York, usually have their newest and most efficient systems available at this time, homeowners who opt to upgrade or replace in the spring can be sure they are taking advantage of the latest industry advancements and discounts.
Now that you know all the reasons why you should consider adding your HVAC system to your spring cleaning task list, call the HVAC professionals at Climate Heating & Cooling today to schedule your appointment.