As the seasons shift and the weather warms, we all look forward to more time spent outdoors and new beginnings. Spring is a transitional time for people, nature, and your home.
Daylight Saving Time (2:00 AM on Sunday, March 11) tells you to change the clocks, but it’s also the perfect reminder to check and change some other things around the home. Everybody knows to change the clocks, but things like air filters, thermostats, smoke and CO detectors may not be so obvious.
With our Spring Forward Home Checklist you’ll enter the upcoming months with a spring in your step — knowing you’ll be comfortable, saving money, and protecting your investment.
Early spring is the perfect season to ensure your air conditioning unit is in working order before the summer squelch. And the air filter might be the single most important thing a homeowner can stay on top of when it comes to HVAC health.
Before you call on the services of your A/C (which if it hasn’t happened already, it will soon), make sure you have a clean air filter. Choose an air filter with a MERV rating between 7 and 14. The higher the MERV rating, the better the air filtration.
If you go too high with the MERV rating, you may getter better air filtration, but the thicker filters could cause airflow problems and may require professional modifications. High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, for instance, range from 17-20 MERV and fall into this category.
Your thermostat is important year-round. Change your thermostat batteries once a year. Spring is a great time to check if they need to be refreshed. To change out the batteries in your wall thermostats, you’ll most likely need AA or AAA alkaline batteries or 3V lithium batteries.
Check which type your thermostat requires before buying replacements. With full battery juice, your thermostat will have no problem saving your programmable settings and keeping your unit powered on.
New temperatures mean new thermostat settings. You won’t rely on the same settings in the spring, so remember to reprogram your comfort preferences for the new season. Also, although newer thermostats do it for themselves, don’t forget to update your thermostat clock!
During your spring cleaning and home inspection, don’t forget about the laundry room. Pull the dryer away from the wall and inspect your hoses for any kinks, folds, or pressures that could compromise airflow. Rearrange the venting hose if necessary.
Next, you will want to clean out any lint buildup and any other sort of blockage. Use a vacuum clean to clear away any excess lint. Also, don’t forget to empty your dryer’s lint filter before every load. Lint buildup anywhere can be a fire hazard.
During the winter months when we aren’t outside as much, things can build up around the outdoor condenser unit without anyone noticing. Now that it’s nicer out, inspect the area around the condenser unit and remove any debris, branches or vegetation or other objects from within three feet of it. Your unit shouldn’t have to be putting in extra effort to keep you comfortable due to outdoor debris and restricted airflow.
Also, be careful when planting and landscaping around the unit. Keep in mind that small shrubs and seedlings will grow fast and large. Keep in mind adult sizes for your plants and avoid planting too close to the unit. Always maintain a minimum 2-foot clearance around the entire unit, for airflow and energy efficiency, but also as a convenience to your HVAC technician.
Testing your smoke and CO Detectors is critical to fire safety and protections from deadly toxins. Once a month, hold down the TEST button and wait for the beep. Always replace the batteries when signaled, or as a general rule, replace them every Daylight Savings Time.
Additionally, smoke and CO detectors should be replaced every 10 years or as indicated by the manufacturer. Check the manufacturing date and replace any smoke or CO detector that is over a decade old.
Every household should have an exit strategy in case of emergency. What will your family do in case of a fire, carbon monoxide, or another threat? When a fire breaks out, you only have a few minutes to escape. Experts suggest that you practice your emergency escape plan twice a year (DST serves as the perfect reminder). Fire escape plans save lives! Learn more about creating and practicing your fire escape plan.
Early spring is the best time to get your air conditioner ready for the warmer months. Consider signing up for a professional HVAC Maintenance Plan from Service Champions. Our Maintenance Value Plan (MVP) includes two annual HVAC tune-ups, exclusive discounts, 24-hour support, and much more.
The highest usage times for your HVAC unit are in the summer and winter. That’s why we recommend bi-annual maintenance in the spring and the fall. Become an MVP today and never have to worry about scheduling an HVAC appointment again!
For a limited time, Service Champions is offering a $59 2-for-1 furnace and air conditioning tune-up and inspection. Learn about our thorough Furnace and Air Conditioning Tune-up and Safety Inspections.
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