Spring is finally in the air in League City, Texas. With this time of year comes festivals, sporting events, and family fun. The season also brings a renewed invigoration to start fresh, especially in our homes. Show your home and your HVAC system some much-needed TLC and you’ll improve your living space while keeping more cash in your pocket.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Few people actually look forward to spring cleaning, but most of us can enjoy a sigh of satisfaction after the cleaning is done and we’re looking at a spotless home. In addition to fostering satisfaction, spring cleaning also improves your home’s indoor air quality. By vacuuming and dusting off surfaces, you reduce the risk of allergies and illness caused by dust, dirt, and other dangerous particles that settle in the corners of your home. And by washing sheets, blankets, and objects you frequently interact with, you help remove harmful germs.
Indoor air quality also plays a significant role in your home’s energy efficiency, since many of the same factors that cause poor indoor air quality also increase the strain on your HVAC system. Excessive dust in your air ducts and around vents and heat registers reduces energy efficiency and, in turn, drives up your costs. If you take the time to clean around your HVAC system, both the indoor and outdoor units, you’ll see significant savings on your utility bill.
Without proper care, your HVAC system could potentially contribute to indoor air quality issues. For example, dust can accumulate in your ducts, especially if you have a leak somewhere in the ductwork system. Fortunately, local HVAC technicians, such as our team here at Maxx AC, can clean your ducts and guarantee a clear and pure airflow.
Improve Energy Efficiency
Cleanliness can cut costs, but other aspects of the spring cleaning process can also help you reduce utility payments. You can start by pulling your refrigerator away from the wall. Then, break out the hand vacuum and get the dust off the back, especially around vents and coils. This simple task will improve the refrigerator’s energy efficiency and help you save money.
You can employ this same strategy in other areas of your home. Cleaning off vents and the spaces around appliances and small electronics, for instance, will lessen strain and help them run more efficiently. Spring cleaning also helps you find problematic areas within your living space, such as cracks around windows or gaps between doors and door frames, that let out air and reduce energy efficiency. Once you find such places, you can fix the windows with caulk and the door gaps with weatherstripping.
Improve Your HVAC System
Spring cleaning is about much more than just de-cluttering your home; it also applies to your HVAC system. During the winter, your unit goes through significant strain when working to keep your home warm. That strain can cause components of the system to wear, which reduces efficiency, increases your energy costs, and cuts the lifespan of the unit.
The wear and tear HVAC systems experience during the winter make spring the perfect time for some maintenance. During a spring maintenance appointment, a licensed HVAC technician will check key system components, such as the belts and coils, and repair them when necessary. Technicians also clean the inside of your unit, which gets dirty and dusty and lowers your home’s energy efficiency. With springtime cleaning and a bit of system care, you can save money on utility costs and increase the lifespan of your unit.
Don’t let procrastination cause you to put off spring cleaning any longer. We know it can feel daunting when staring at your messy rooms, but proper upkeep to improve HVAC efficiency will save you money both now and in the long run. For the professional help you need spring cleaning your HVAC system, call Maxx AC and Heating at 281-409-3890.
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