home hvac system

According to a 2019 article published by the American Cleaning Insitute, 77% of households in the country participate in spring cleaning. Many people think of clearing out their wardrobe or getting rid of items they don’t use anymore when they think of this activity.

But if you’re a homeowner, there’s more to spring cleaning than that. You’ve got to make sure that your home HVAC system is ready for those warmer months.

To learn about what steps you can take to ensure that it is, keep on reading.

1. Duct Sealing

The last thing you want is to turn on your AC and have that cool air slip through the leaks in your ductwork. It’s inefficient and will end up costing you a lot more to keep your house cool.

Not to mention, if your HVAC ducts have cracks, dust and debris are likely to collect there. When you have it sealed, ask about getting them cleaned out as well.

2. Replace Air Filters

The outdoor air quality starts to decline in the spring, in part because the pollen count increases. By replacing your filters, you prevent your home’s air quality from decreasing too.

Like many manufacturers, the EPA recommends that you change them out every two to three months. Check your filters’ measurements before purchasing new ones, as not all rooms have the same size filter.

Instead of going through the hassle of switching them manually, you have the option to hire our team of professionals to do it for you.

3. Checking the Thermostat (and the Humidistat)

After months of having your AC turned off, you’re going to need to reset your thermostat. In doing so, note what temperature your house is without the residential HVAC system running, and adjust accordingly.

Once you alter the thermostat, listen for any strange noises. They are a sign that your system has underlying issues, and you’ll need a technician to look at it.

When you live in a muggy climate, you might want to consider getting a humidistat installed. It helps dehumidify the air in your house and keep you from having to crank the AC up all the way.

Once you start to cool your house, set the humidistat is no lower than 35%. Home HVAC systems are more susceptible to mold and mildew when the humidity level is below that point.

Get Help Maintaining Your Home HVAC System

While it may seem like a tedious task, checking on your HVAC system is essential. Sometimes, though, you’ll run into a problem that you need assistance fixing.

If you live in Lee County, Florida, look no further than Ellsworth’s Heating and Cooling. Our services will help you get your home HVAC system ready for spring, so you can enjoy the warm weather without having to worry about it malfunctioning.

Contact us today to schedule a time for one of our experts to come out and take a look at your HVAC system just in time for spring.