Spring Cleaning Means Spring Savings

Along with spring comes annual spring cleaning. Conquering cluttered closets and attacking ancient attics should not be the only things on the to-do list: your heating and cooling system needs attention too.

Since proper up-keep can increase a system’s efficiency and therefore decrease electricity bills, cleaning your system can save money.

“Preventative maintenance inspections can reveal air leaks, rust, corrosion and dust build-up,” said Doyle James, president of the Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. “A properly maintained unit will have increased efficiency and can decrease your energy bills because it’s not working as hard to keep you comfortable. In this economy every penny counts, and maintaining your heating and cooling system can keep utility bills low.”

Air conditioners produce water by condensation on cool indoor coils, and drains from these coils can become blocked from dust and algae growth, especially after sitting through the winter. A blocked drain can cause flooding or water damage in the area surrounding your indoor unit. Often preventable complications can cause major equipment malfunctions.

Follow Aire Serv’s simple to-do list to keep systems in excellent condition:
• Clean or replace air filters to help the AC unit run more efficiently
• Open vents in all rooms – closing them could restrict air flow and cause system malfunctions
• Remove shrubs, grass and leaves from the condenser coil and within three feet of outside unit
• Install a programmable thermostat – it automatically changes the temperature when away or asleep
• Inspect and caulk windows and doors annually where needed. This can help your system to maintain a more even temperature.

Homeowners can hire a professional technician to perform a tune-up on their air conditioner, which includes examining ductwork, checking the refrigerant level and tightening the wiring connections. This is also a good time to check your homes safety equipment to ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

Avoid the annual headache with spring cleaning and reap the benefits of spring savings instead.