What Your HVAC System Wants you to Know About Spring Cleaning
You've dusted, the windows are clear, your floors are mopped, the toilets are sparkling, and you’re done! Or are you? When most homeowners set out to do their spring cleaning, they forget about one very important part of the home... the HVAC system.
Keeping you HVAC system clean, free of debris, and running properly will save you money and keep your family safe and happy. In the midst of vacuuming and washing windows, don't forget to pay some attention to your HVAC system in every room of the house.
Bathroom: Not just for hiding noises in the bathroom, exhaust fans should be cleaned at least once a year, increasing air flow.
Kitchen: Buildup of grease and shmutz (that's a technical term) in your oven can reduce its efficiency and can increase the risk of danger from fumes going into the air and grease fires. Your oven may have a "cleaning" setting on it which increases the heat and burns off everything in your oven, or you might have to rely on oven cleaner and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Bedroom: Dust mites are like death and taxes... completely unavoidable. However, when you make sure you have a proper filter in your HVAC system, you can eliminate as many dust mites from your home as possible, cutting down on allergies and respiratory illnesses.
Laundry Room: Clean out the lint compartment on your dryer after each load and periodically check the dryer ducts. Lint is extremely flammable and blocked dryer ducts make your machine work harder than necessary, running up your energy bill.
A/C Units (Outside): Clean out any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the top or sides of your air conditioning unit. You will also want to make sure that no small animals have moved in and made your unit their home.
Re-caulk your windows and doors every year. This will help prevent heat from seeping into your home in the summer months and making your air conditioning work harder. Say hello to lower energy bills!
If you notice any issues with your HVAC performance, a qualified technician from Mojave Air Conditioning can determine the cause.