Your 2023 Spring Cleaning Guide - IAQ and HVAC Sudbury
It’s official… Spring is here!
This winter seemed to take forever to end. With a lengthy start to the season, an early thaw and an unexpected cold front - we thought we’d never see the light of a Spring day again!
Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. The weather is finally starting to warm up!
And we all know what that means…
Let the spring cleaning begin!
In today’s blog article, we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty - literally.
Welcome to your 2023 spring cleaning guide! We have everything you need to know about prepping your indoor air quality (IAQ) and HVAC for the Sudbury spring season ahead.
Let’s dive in!
Change Your HVAC Filter
First up is your HVAC filter. This thing gets dirty, fast!
After trapping pollutants all winter long, it’s bound to be grimy and gross.
Hair, dust, pet dander and dirt quickly clog a filter - making your system work extra hard to push air through.
This not only lowers the effectiveness of the system but also its energy efficiency.
Changing your air filter also helps improve your home's indoor air quality!
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a dirty filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15%!
Not sure which filter your system needs? Give our team a call!
We help identify the best filter size and MERV rating.
Learn how to choose and care for your furnace filter at home!
Pro Tip: Now is the time to change the filters in all your equipment - vacuums, dryer lint screens, exhaust fan grilles, etc.
Book a Duct Cleaning
Next up, your ducts!
Much like HVAC filters, ductwork collects harmful contaminants over time. But unlike a filter, your ductwork is not so easily replaced.
And thank goodness for that! Replacing ductwork every 2-3 years would really rack up your HVAC repair bills!
The obvious solution is to then clean them. But it’s not like you can climb in on your hands and knees as if it were a tunnel either.
That’s where professional duct cleaning comes in!
This process can boost your IAQ and increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Duct cleaning services remove grime, mould and other contaminants. They leave your ducts ready to circulate clean air for another 2-3 years!
Clean Vents and Registers
We’re working our way out!
After you’ve cleaned your ductwork internally, it’s time to focus on the entry points - your vents and registers.
To clean them, simply remove the registers, wipe them down, and clear out the debris.
If you have little ones running around, or even pets, this particular task might give you a good laugh!
We can’t tell you how often we’ve found strange objects lingering in these little pockets of your home.
We’ve found everything from toys, to marbles, to socks, to birthday cards! Seriously.
And, as you can probably guess, all these tiny objects can obstruct the airways of your home.
Clean Outdoor A/C Unit
Your actual A/C unit is next on the list!
If you read our blog on how to shut down your A/C for the winter, your outdoor unit is most likely well-covered.
This cover helps protect your unit from ice, snow and other debris over the fall and winter seasons.
But this cover doesn’t completely stop nature from getting in.
Dirt, leaves, seeds and twigs could still clog your system - preventing peak efficiency.
Here’s how to clean it!
- Turn the power off.
- Use a vacuum to dust off the fins (we recommend a soft brush attachment.
- Hose off the fins.
- Let the unit dry.
- Restore power!
Clear Around The Condenser
Cleaning AROUND the condenser is just as crucial as cleaning INSIDE it.
Even during winter, weeds and shrubs grow. Removing all organic matter surrounding the unit helps prevent obstruction to airflow.
How far out should you clear?
We recommend clearing a two-foot radius surrounding the unit.
It’s also helpful to place mulch, bricks, gravel or stones around the unit to prevent further growth!
Replace Batteries in Detectors
When was the last time you checked the batteries in your home detectors? This includes your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors.
Since we don’t necessarily hear these devices sound their alarms very often, it’s easy to forget they even exist.
That is until you really need them.
Check and replace the batteries on each device in your home to keep your family and home well-protected!
Install a Whole-Home Ventilation System
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Now onto your indoor air quality (IAQ).
Let’s be honest.
We’re all longing for fresh air after a long winter spent hibernating indoors. But opening the windows just isn’t an option because…well…ALLERGY SEASON!
How do you circulate fresh air in your home without bringing in pollen, dust and other allergens?
By installing a whole-home ventilation system!
Ventilation systems remove stale air and bring in fresh air through depressurizing.
Ventilation oxygenates your indoor air while also removing pollutants, odours and excess moisture.
Install an Air Purifier
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Another great indoor air quality system to invest in this spring is an air purifier. These systems pull in the air - trapping pollutants in the process.
The now clean air is then recirculated back into your indoor air.
This helps to increase the health of your indoor air - improving your breathing, sleep, allergy symptoms, etc.
Check The Humidity Levels
Humidity is both necessary and risky.
Our bodies need moisture to properly function. But too much can also present health risks - like dehydration, dry and irritated skin, and nosebleeds.
Low humidity can also cause wood to crack, splinter and shrink in your home. This puts your hardwood, furniture and even musical instruments at risk.
High humidity encourages mould growth in your home too - risking its structural integrity.
That’s why we recommend monitoring and controlling your home humidity levels.
One way to do this is by installing a whole home ventilation system!
With this system, you can ensure your humidity stays within the recommended 30-50%.
Stay Tuned This Spring For More IAQ and HVAC Sudbury Tips!
Looking for more practical tips on keeping up with your indoor air quality and HVAC systems? We post a new blog every other week!
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