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Spring Cleaning is for Air Conditioners and Air Ducts Too!
Spring cleaning is here, and as most homeowners begin to dig around for stuff they can get rid of or start to deep clean every room in the house, it’s also an excellent time to care for something integral to a home, the air conditioning system. AC maintenance in the spring can prepare the system for the heavy use it gets in the summer. Air conditioner maintenance and duct cleaning also provide many benefits, and this blog will share them along with how homeowners can help keep them clean after professional maintenance visits. 
AC Maintenance
filterRegular maintenance of an air conditioner has many benefits, including ensuring clean air and good indoor air quality, improving the unit’s efficiency, lower energy bills, extending the unit’s lifespan, and preventing costly repairs. Most professionals have a checklist to complete when conducting maintenance which includes tasks like: 

Air filter replacement: This can be done by homeowners, but HVAC technicians will still check the air filter during maintenance. Air filters generally need to be replaced at least once every three months or more, depending on the filter type and if anyone in the home has allergies or respiratory issues.

Clean the coils: The evaporator and condenser coils are essential parts of the AC, and they are often subject to dirt and dust, which decreases their performance. They must be cleaned routinely as a part of maintenance.

Drain line inspection and cleaning: The drain line removes excess water created by the unit’s evaporator coil. In some instances, leaves, debris, and excess water from rain storms or flooding may clog the line and cause the AC to fail, so the drain line needs to be cleaned regularly. 

Lubricate blower and condenser fans: Ensuring the blower and condenser fans have enough oil to keep them spinning freely keeps the AC running smoothly.

Inspect electrical wiring: Professionals are trained to look for loose or faulty electrical connections. This is important as any problems with the wiring could cause a fire hazard and need to be fixed immediately.

Check if the thermostat is working correctly: The thermostat controls the AC, so it is vital to ensure it works properly for the AC to work efficiently and provide an accurate reading for a more comfortable home.

Don’t Forget the Air Ducts!
When conducting an AC tune-up, it’s easy to stop at the air conditioner and forget the air ducts. However, air duct cleaning can also play an important role in ensuring the AC works efficiently and the indoor air quality is good. By having the air ducts cleaned every couple of years, homeowners can keep the indoor air quality in their homes much purer and healthier. Air ducts attract dirt, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other airborne contaminants. When these contaminants accumulate over time, they can contaminate the air in a home and worsen various health issues, from allergies to asthma. Cleaning the ducts helps remove these contaminants so residents can breathe easier. 
In addition, regular air duct cleaning can help improve the energy efficiency of the HVAC system by removing the built-up dirt and debris, which can clog up the ductwork and impact airflow, causing the system to work harder to keep up. This inefficiency also causes higher heating and cooling costs, meaning air duct cleaning helps the HVAC system perform better and for less, in addition to improving indoor air quality.
A Clean Home Improves AC Performance 
vacuumWhile professional air conditioning maintenance puts homeowners on the right path to keep their air conditioning systems in great shape, there are still some things homeowners can do to maintain their indoor air quality and keep their AC running efficiently. Cleaning the home is important because there will be less dust and allergens entering the AC and ductwork.
Homeowners should also replace their air filters when required because dirty air filters can no longer trap as many airborne pollutants and block the airflow, making the system work more inefficiently and raising energy bills. Generally, air filters should be replaced every three months, but factors like the filter type can change this timeline.   

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