Taking care of your HVAC system is essential for ensuring that your home stays comfortable all year long, and Spring is the perfect time to get your system ready for the warmer months ahead. As a homeowner, it's important to know what you should be doing to ensure that your HVAC system is in top condition. By including these steps in your spring-cleaning checklist, you can stay ahead of any potential issues and catch small problems before they turn into major repairs.

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Change your air filter: One of the easiest things you can do to keep your HVAC system running smoothly is to regularly change your air filter. During the winter months, your filter can become clogged with dust and debris, making it harder for your system to work efficiently. A dirty air filter can also lead to poor indoor air quality, which can cause respiratory issues. Make sure to change your filter at least once a month.

Clean your vents and ducts: Over time, dust and debris can build up in your HVAC vents and ducts. This can lead to poor air circulation, as well as the circulation of allergens and other pollutants. To clean your vents and ducts, you can use a vacuum attachment or a specialized duct cleaning brush. If you have pets, it's recommended that you clean your vents and ducts more frequently.

Check your thermostat: Before the warmer weather arrives, check that your thermostat is functioning correctly. Make sure that it's set to the right temperature and that it's properly calibrated. If you have an older thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable model, which can help save money on your energy bill.

Check your outdoor unit: The outdoor portion of your HVAC system can also become clogged throughout the winter months. Before turning on your air conditioning for the first time in spring, make sure to clear any leaves, branches, or other debris away from your outdoor unit. You should also visually inspect it to ensure that there is no damage or rust to the unit.

Schedule a maintenance appointment: Even if you're diligent about changing filters and cleaning vents, it's still a good idea to schedule a professional maintenance appointment once a year. A trained technician can inspect your system for any potential issues, make small repairs, and ensure that your HVAC system is operating at peak performance.

If you have any questions about your HVAC system, would like to learn more about our services, or interested in scheduling service in your location, we invite you to contact Georges Heating & Cooling today. We’re located in Manchester, NH and also serve the needs of customers throughout Bedford, Windham, and the entire surrounding area. We can be reached by calling 603-657-5863 or sending an email through our contact form.