Spring cleaning season has come around again. But don’t forget your HVAC system while tidying your home this year. In order to maintain excellent efficiency and performance, your HVAC system requires maintenance and cleaning. This blog will explore six things that you can do this year during your spring cleaning to care for your HVAC system.

  1. Change your air filters
  2. Clean air vents
  3. Reverse your fans
  4. Clean outdoor units
  5. Test your system
  6. Request your annual spring maintenance.
If you are looking for the best HVAC maintenance near you, look no further than Cardinal Heating and Cooling. We know how to keep your HVAC system ready to go all year long. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to schedule service with us.

Your Spring HVAC Cleaning Checklist

1. Change your Air filters

One of the most ignored and most important tasks for your HVAC spring we change your air filters. Do you remember the last time that you changed them? Have you taken a look recently?  You may be surprised how much grime debris and contaminants have built up over time. We suggest changing your air filters every 90 days to keep your air quality at its highest.

2. Clean air vents

Your vents and registers can often be an opening for all kinds of debris and contaminants to enter your home. Over time they build up layers of dust. Make sure that all air vents are unobstructed. You should remove the metal cover and make sure it is clean of grime. Finally, clean the register until it’s free from all dust. If debris is built-up deeper in your ductwork, call a professional for HVAC duct cleaning services. 

3. Reverse your fans.

Reversing your ceiling fan changes how it moves air throughout a space. You may have set it in a different setting for the winter.

Ceiling Fan Standard Rotation: This way, the fan pushes cold air down into your space.

Ceiling Fan Opposite Rotation: This way, the fan draws air up and circulates warmer air from the top of the room. 

Before you reverse your fan, wipe off the layers of dust collected on top of the blade. If you don’t, you’re sure to see clumps of dust flying all over your room. Reversing your fans makes them run better and removes any dust collected on the blades. 

4. Clean outdoor units

Your outdoor units face the worst of mother nature. Bushes may cover your condenser in leaves and sticks. A tree root may have blocked your drain line. You may even find a family of raccoons in your AC.  Try trimming up the vegetation around your outdoor units, so there’s strong airflow. Ensure the drain line and drain pan are clear from blockages and in working order. Ensure all components are undamaged and your HVAC system has the space it needs to operate correctly. 

5. Test your system.

Was it a hard winter? When was the last time you checked all the HVAC appliances around your house to ensure they were functioning and clean? These simple questions might have saved you from all the hassle and problems concerning your HVAC system. The main things in your HVAC system to test are:
  • Heating and cooling cycles
  • Make sure the thermostat is functioning properly
  • Listen for noises
  • Replace loose or broken parts
  • Watch for strange behavior from your HVAC system

6. Request your annual spring maintenance.

It is that time of year again! The expert HVAC technicians from Cardinal are ready to provide 100% guaranteed, same-day service. We offer annual and bi-annual maintenance plans, so you don’t have to make a new appointment yearly. Preventative maintenance is the best way to get the best performance out of your HVAC system and elongate its lifespan. Schedule a service with us today!

Where Can I find the Best HVAC Cleaning Near Me?

If you want sparkling ACs, furnaces, and more, request HVAC cleaning and maintenance with Cardinal Heating and Cooling in Reston, VA. We offer high-quality AC and Furnace repair services and so much more.  Our technicians complete every job with passion and excellent craftsmanship. We know that you should never have to request the same repair twice. That is why we treat every home as if it were our own.  To schedule service with us, fill out our online form or call to speak with one of our HVAC experts today

Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. How long does it take to clean the HVAC system?

Depending on the quality of HVAC service you receive, you could spend anywhere from 1-8 hours on a cleaning project. The standard is around three hours for a full comprehensive clean: however, some companies offer cleaning services that others do not.  Often, homeowners include HVAC cleaning as a part of their annual HVAC maintenance. To see our maintenance plans click here

2. Is it safe to clean my HVAC System?

It is safe to clean certain areas of your HVAC system. For example, air duct vent cleaning and replacing your air filters are the easiest way to keep your HVAC system clean. Things you can clean at home include:
  • Air filters
  • Vents and registers
  • Outdoor units
  • Drain line and drain pan
  • Evaporator coils
  • Reachable ducts.
Before cleaning your HVAC system, turn off the power, so you don’t face hazards such as electrical shocks and harm from moving or hot equipment. 

3. Which Cleaning Tasks should I ask a professional to assist with?

Anything dangerous to you or your HVAC requires an expert HVAC technician. For example, air duct and furnace cleaning are two tasks that an expert should be involved in. Never try to climb up too high or dig underground to access your HVAC system.  Here are all the instances you should contact a professional:
  • If you cannot access your ductwork or equipment.
  • If you do not have the proper equipment and uniform to perform the task. 
  • If the HVAC system rests in a dangerous place.
  • If the task involves electrical or moving parts.