As I write this, I’m looking out my window, and what do I see? Dead grass! That means I’m not seeing any snow, which means spring has finally sprung in Winnipeg! Springtime here is a really strange time of year; there are days where we might get weather that’s quite nice, and nights where the temperature plunges back below 0. Whether or not you’ll run your furnace at some points in the day is a bit of a crapshoot; some days it might be better to just wear a sweater and give the furnace a break! There are some special considerations around this time of year to keep your heating and cooling systems up to snuff; let’s look at a few of them.

Schedule Your AC Maintenance

The really warm weather is almost here, and with our extreme continental climate, that means you’re gonna want to blast that AC for most of July and August. You should have someone come in and do maintenance on your air conditioning system; the same folks who do your Winnipeg heating repair can do maintenance on your AC. The last thing you want is to fire up your air conditioning only to hear it sputter and die immediately; regular maintenance can help spot wear and tear, mechanical breakdown and other problems before they cause you any trouble; fixing something before it totally breaks down is always best.

Get Your Ducts Cleaned

There are a lot of creatures that come out of hibernation in the springtime, but none are so prolific as the dust bunny. All that salt that we use to keep our roads relatively snow free in the wintertime comes back to haunt us in the spring, as my partner’s morning sneezing fits will attest to. This salt and grime and dust gets into your home, then into your air ducts, where it’s distributed to your lungs by your HVAC system. That’s no good; have someone come in and clean out those vents before they make your dust allergies flare up.

Unblock Those Registers

Spring and spring cleaning go hand in hand; when you do your spring clean, it’s important not to neglect your HVAC systems. A lot of air flow problems come from blocked registers, and when spring cleaning, it can be easy to place a box full of stuff in front of or on top of a register. Be mindful of this, and check to make sure registers are never blocked off; not only does it impede air flow, it can also be a fire hazard. Take the time to clean out your furnace room as well; these spots tend to be where junk accumulates (because no one ever goes into the furnace room), but too much stuff can be a fire hazard and impede the functioning of your furnace.