5 Easy HVAC Tasks to Add to Your Spring Cleaning List

A closeup of a person cleaning a dirty return air vent with a sponge

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to start preparing your central cooling system for warmer temperatures ahead.

We know what you’re probably thinking: “It’s March in North Dakota. Why should I start thinking about my cooling system when there’s still snow on the ground?”

Even though it’ll likely be a few months until you turn on your air conditioner, now is a good time to complete some heating and cooling-related tasks that can easily be added to your spring-cleaning list. That way, you’ll have peace of mind that your air conditioner will operate at peak performance once you need it, while your heating system will get some much-deserved TLC after working hard this winter.

Let’s dive into five easy tips to make sure all of your equipment is ready for the transition once it’s time to switch your thermostat from “heating” to “cooling.”

1. Change Your Air Filter

If you have a forced air heating and cooling system, changing your air filters is a simple task you can complete on your own. Air filters help maintain healthy indoor air quality in your home by trapping airborne pollutants like dust, dirt, hair, and allergens, but they need to be changed every few months to be effective. If your filter is hard to reach or you are unsure of how to change it, contact our professional service technicians and they’ll be happy to help you.

A closeup of a male heating and cooling technician changing the air filter in a home furnace

2. Replace Your Thermostat Batteries

If you have a digital thermostat, spring is a good time to replace your thermostat batteries. This is a simple task that is easy to overlook, but putting in a fresh set of batteries will help ensure that your thermostat stays on once hotter days come around. This is also a good time of year to consider installing a programmable thermostat to so you can save money on your energy bills when your cooling system is running more consistently during the summer.

3. Remove Debris Around Your AC Unit

Once enough snow has melted outside, remove any plants, weeds, rocks, and other debris that have accumulated within a few feet of your home’s air conditioning unit. Removing these obstructions will help prevent blockage and keep your cooling system operating efficiently.

4. Clean Return Air Vents

Your return air vents are the duct openings that pull air out of a room and deliver it back to your heating or cooling unit to be reconditioned. Over time, these vents accumulate dust, dirt, and grime, so wipe them clean to prevent these particles from circulating through your heating and cooling system. This will help improve indoor air quality in your home.

If you really want to get into the spring-cleaning spirit, this season is a great time to hire a professional to thoroughly clean your ducts so you can feel better knowing your family is breathing cleaner, healthier air at home.

Close-up of dirty air vent.

5. Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

The final item to add to your to-do list this spring is to schedule a seasonal maintenance appointment for your heating and cooling equipment. Routine maintenance by a professional service technician, like our team at Bears Home Solutions, helps improve the energy efficiency of your equipment, reduces unexpected breakdowns, and extends the lifespan of your heating and cooling system. Our Bear Care Maintenance Program makes it even easier to stay on top of seasonal inspections of your equipment.

To learn more about our maintenance services or to schedule an appointment, contact our friendly team today! We look forward to serving you.