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Spring Cleaning for Your Air Ducts
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring-cleaning is a tradition, an American institution. During the cold, dark months, it can be hard to find the time and energy to get rid of all those dust bunnies and cobwebs. While things can get a bit stale through the winter, spring ushers in freshness.

We know to clean out all the corners of our houses, the places that we can see need special attention to be brought back to the clean, lightness we love about our homes. But what about the places you can’t see? Your air ducts may have a bigger impact on your efforts at Spring-cleaning than the best mop at Target.

What a lot of people forget, when tackling their spring-cleaning, is that all those years and seasons of dust and allergens continue to circulate through your house through the ducts and air vents. That's why we recommend you include your furnace in your spring-cleaning plans.

Here are some tips for maintaining your furnace, this spring:

1. Check your air-conditioning and heating equipment before the beginning of a new season.

2. Check and replace your furnace and air-conditioning filters every month. There are several types from which to choose, depending on your needs. Fiberglass filters last only one month, while the filters typically last three to four months. HEPA filters last up to six months and can be cleaned with a vacuum nozzle.

3. Most air conditioners have a drainage hole on the base of the cabinet, beneath the evaporator fins. This hole needs to be kept clear in order for the air conditioner to work properly. It's a good idea each spring to use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it.

4. To keep a dehumidifier working properly, remove the housing and let the unit dry completely. Vacuum every accessible surface and crevice.

5. Evaluate your ductwork. Your ventilation system, or “ductwork,” is an important part of your home’s heating and air conditioning system. With holes and leaks in the ducts, you continually lose air that you are paying to condition. Holes and duct cracks can cost you as much as 20% of your energy bill. Seal holes and cracks in the duct system and make sure all connectors are airtight.

6. Check for obstructions and clean around the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit of your HVAC system contains the compressor, the heart of the unit. Clear any obstructions away from the outdoor unit. Keep yard items, plants, bushes, bikes, and any other objects at least two feet away from the unit. Clear the debris that has collected around the unit and vacuum or blow leaves and dirt from inside the cage.

Of course, if you don't have time to maintain your home's HVAC system, or if you are due for a cleaning, it may be time to contact trained professionals. Most home experts recommend cleaning out your home's ducts and air vents every 3 years, as dust makes fertile feeding ground for mold and bacteria.

Contact Crane Heating And Air Conditioning today or call 513-641-4700, to schedule an appointment or to find out more about HVAC maintenance.



 

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