It's Time for Spring (AC) Cleaning!

How Air Conditioner Maintenance Helps With Spring Cleaning - and Vice Versa!

Spring cleaning is all about clearing out old junk and cleaning those areas that don’t get much attention in the normal upkeep routine. But it’s a safe bet that most people’s spring cleaning lists don’t include air conditioner maintenance. Other appliances may make the list - vacuuming out the dryer vent, deep cleaning the fridge, etc. - but the AC usually gets overlooked.

But a home’s AC unit needs to be cleaned and maintained just like any other appliance (if not more so), and spring is the best time to do it. This will prepare the unit for the hot summer months ahead and help keep the home cleaner and more comfortable year-round. So read on to discover three reasons why AC maintenance and spring cleaning go hand in hand!

A Clean AC Unit Will Perform Betterhvac

First and foremost, a clean and well-maintained air conditioner will better keep the house cool and comfortable. For instance, if the air filter is clogged with dirt and dust, the unit will have difficulty pulling air into the return vent. This will strain the blower motor, hinder the unit’s ability to deliver cool air throughout the home, and drastically reduce energy efficiency. Changing the filter periodically (not just in the spring) is essential.

But filter replacement is just the tip of the iceberg for AC maintenance. Air conditioners use metal coils filled with chemical refrigerant to absorb heat from the indoor air and release it into the outdoor air. When these coils get dirty (which can happen fairly fast on the outdoor condenser coils), the heat transfer will be less efficient, and the system’s performance will suffer.

Of course, thorough cleaning of the AC unit and its coils can be an intensive process and generally requires the expertise and tools of an HVAC service professional. The good news is that a pro can also perform the myriad other maintenance tasks that keep an AC going strong, such as lubricating moving parts, recharging the refrigerant lines, and testing electrical components.

ductThe Benefits of Duct Cleaning

As part of their spring maintenance, another service homeowners may want to consider is duct cleaning. Over time, a home’s air ducts can collect a lot of dust and other particulate matter. This is especially true in older homes, homes with a history of inadequate AC maintenance (i.e., not enough filter changes), or if the ductwork has gaps or leaks that let in extra dust.

Some dirt and debris in the ducts will get whisked up when the AC turns on and pumped into the home. Dirty air ducts could be the culprit if the house seems to be perpetually dusty despite frequent dusting and vacuuming.

Regular duct cleaning can help keep the house cleaner, improve indoor air quality, and help prevent debris from interfering with the indoor air handler unit and its internal components. If the homeowners are unsure when they last cleaned the ducts, their HVAC technician can perform an inspection to determine if a duct cleaning is necessary or if the ductwork has any leaks.

A Clean Home Makes for a Clean AC

On top of sticking to a spring maintenance schedule and periodically getting their ductwork cleaned, homeowners can do one of the best things for their air conditioner is to keep the house itself nice and clean.

The more dirt, dust, and debris are allowed to hang out on surfaces throughout the home, the more will be pulled into the central air system and recirculated in the air. These contaminants - especially airborne - can contribute to spring allergies, get into the AC components, and clog the air filter faster.

Regularly dusting, sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming will help reduce the amount of pollutants present. This cleaning checklist should include vacuuming or washing rugs, upholstery, curtains, and bedspreads, as these are prime environments for dust mites and often get overlooked. By following these simple guidelines, homeowners can enjoy clean air and a cleaner, more comfortable home!

About Bedell Home Services

The friendly experts at Bedell Home Services have been serving the Carmel community with pride since 1988. Their clean, courteous technicians are licensed, insured, background-checked, and drug-tested for every customer's safety and peace of mind. Bedell offers 24-hour emergency service, competitive pricing, financing, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every job - there’s no better company to call for AC maintenance in Carmel, IN!