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How Should Homeowners Prepare Their HVAC System for Spring?

Apr 8, 2022 | AC, Blog, HVAC, Kettering, Kettering-Oakwood, Oakwood, OH, Ohio, Service Maintenance Agreement, SMA, Spring, Thermostat

Mother Nature has her way of knowing just how to confuse us. Some days are bright and sunny. Others are cold and rainy! But no matter the weather, it is important for homeowners to keep their HVAC systems spring ready. You never know which days you will need to utilize your heating or cooling unit. For this reason, your Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air experts have compiled the following list to make it easier on you. Ask yourself these questions to ensure your residential HVAC system is spring ready!

Have the Thermostat Batteries Been Changed?

Your thermostat is the critical component to operating and controlling your HVAC system. If your thermostat isn’t working, you won’t be able to operate your HVAC system. So let’s start with the thermostat. When was the last time you can remember changing the batteries? When a thermostat’s batteries are low, it will send out a signal notifying you that the batteries are near the end of their life. However, the time at which this notification will arrive between the time the battery life completely dies is all relative. So it could happen that your thermostat may notify you about the low batteries when you are not at home. Think how uncomfortable it would be to come to a hot, stuffy house after a long day of work or a weekend away with friends. You can eliminate this possibility by switching out your thermostat batteries for a fresh start as we launch into the warmer season.

Has the Thermostat Temperature Been Reset?

When the weather starts being a little less fickle and more consistent, it would be good to consider resetting your thermostat settings if you have a programmable or smart thermostat. You don’t want your furnace turning on midday and heating your entire house as it has been the past couple of months if you need your air conditioning to be turned on instead. It sounds simple, but you can save energy and money by thinking ahead and setting the thermostat temperature to correlate with the weather.

Has the Air Filter Been Switched Out?

At Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air, we will never get tired of stressing the importance of changing your air filters out regularly! This is because a clogged air filter can lead to numerous problems with your HVAC system. In addition, pollen and other allergens are in abundance in the springtime, and sometimes these air contaminants can sneak into your home, infiltrate your air, and get trapped in your air filters. For this reason, we suggest checking your air filters a little more frequently this season. We typically recommend changing your air filter every 30-60 days; however, it would be an excellent idea to check them more often and start the spring season with a fresh air filter.

Have Your Ducts Been Cleaned?

Air is distributed throughout your home by route of the ducts. If your ductwork has not been cleaned in quite a long time, it may be holding dust particles and other contaminants that are blown right back into the open air for you and your family to breathe. A dirty filter will greatly affect the air quality within your home. As a rule of thumb, homeowners should have their ductwork cleaned every 3-5 years. But every home is different, so if you suspect your ducts may need to be professionally cleaned, springtime is a great time to get this done!

Has Your Air Conditioner Been Serviced for Its spring Tune-up & Safety Check?

You can complete all the above preparations, but if you don’t get your cooling unit serviced for its spring maintenance check, your cooling unit will not be set up for success this season. Preventative maintenance is so essential when it comes to complex equipment like your HVAC system. A spring tune-up and safety check will ensure everything runs smoothly and according to current safety standards. Keeping up with your maintenance checks also keeps your manufacturer’s warranty active.

Have You Heard About Our Service Maintenance Agreement Plan? 

Last of all, our Service Maintenance Agreement, also known as an SMA plan, is a great option to consider. There are multiple benefits when you become an SMA customer. With an SMA plan, your get your fall and spring tune-up & safety check at a discounted rate, instead of paying for them individually at a higher price. Saving money is always a win in our book. Our SMA customers also receive priority scheduling! If this piques your interest, call us for more information. We’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions!

Whether you need to schedule your spring maintenance check, need assistance with changing your air filters out, or perhaps you are looking to get your thermostat upgraded. Whatever your HVAC need is, Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air is here to serve as your local heating & cooling service professional! We’d feel privileged to provide you with our five-star customer service. Reach us at (937) 502-3842, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!