I know it may be difficult to fathom right now with temperature hovering around 0, but February is a short month and March is literally right around the corner. What does this mean homeowners? Well, it means that it is legitimately time to start to thinking about warmer weather and all of the spring maintenance requirements that come with it. That’s why eieihome.com spoke with Chris Martin of Martino HVAC about the steps you need to take to make sure your HVAC is prepared for the spring days ahead.
Change your air filter every 2-3 months: “Replacing your filter at least four times yearly is standard practice, but it is even more important in the spring season, especially for those with allergies.” Martin explains. Fresh filters mean cleaner air with less contaminants and help ensure optimal functioning of your HVAC system.
Have your AC inspected: “You want to make sure to have your air conditioner inspected before the warmer days roll in to ensure your unit is functioning as intended, to keep your home comfortable and to help manage your energy bills.” Martin explains. Inspecting your air conditioner early in the spring can also go a long way to decreasing the chance of a premature breakdown during the summer months, which could lead to stressful and unnecessary expenses.
Make sure your AC is inspected right: “You want to make sure not only that your air conditioner is inspected, but that it is inspected thoroughly” Martin explains. Two important things that should always be included in an inspection are a thorough washing and cleaning of the condenser coil and a double check of the AC drain above the furnace. Water flow through the furnace is an easy fix that is often overlooked yet can lead to extreme expense as it may damage the blower motor or circuit board.
Consider installing HEPA filters: “If you live in a home and are unable to open the windows or you find the air in your home stale and stuffy, you may want to look into upgrading your filters.” Martin explains. HEPA filters offer improved air circulation and cleaning capabilities.
Do the little things: “Inspections and filter changes are important, but there are also little things you can do on your end to help keep things running smoothly.” Martin explains. Replacing your thermostat battery annually, removing the AC cover before starting it up and keeping bushes and objects away from your exterior AC unit are all great examples of the little things that should be taken care of.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a spring HVAC tune up. It is a critical component of keeping your home comfortable and preventing unnecessary breakdowns and financial aggravation later in the year. Looking for someone to do the job right? Why not count on Martino HVAC, a family run business with over 25 years of industry experience serving the GTA. You can reach out to them via their listing here on eieihome.com.