Homeowners typically avoid routine maintenance of their HVAC system due to the expected high cost. They wait until their furnace won’t ignite or their
Homeowners typically avoid routine maintenance of their HVAC system due to the expected high cost. They wait until their furnace won’t ignite or their air condition won’t cool before they call their HVAC service company. However, having your HVAC system on routine maintenance will pay for itself in lower repair costs and more efficient operation.
Regular maintenance allows your HVAC system to prolong the life, save you money in lower utility costs and work at peak efficiency when you need it most. A HVAC system that is maintained annually will also experience a fewer breakdown, which reduces the need for and costs of unnecessary repairs. Here are 3 helpful tips to maintain your HVAC system:
1. Change Filters
Do you remember the last time you changed the filters on your unit? You should try to replace your filters every 1 to 3 months. Disposable filters will help to keep your system clean and remove the large particles from your indoor air.
2. Clean Condensing Unit
If you use a central air condition system then you have an outdoor unit sitting outside with a fan on top to disperse heat in the summer. The coils or metal fins on the condensing unit frequently get clogged up with dirt, pollen, and grime. You should spray the outside unit with a water hose to clean it.
3. Inspect Outdoor Unit
Inspect your outdoor unit and create clearance around it. You should remove the build-up of leaves so they don’t interfere with the airflow, trim any trees or bushes so your outdoor unit has plenty of clearance too.
When you should do your HVAC maintenance? If you have a system that heats and cools, you should perform maintenance in the spring and fall. For cooling maintenance, you should perform maintenance once a year before the cooling season. For furnace maintenance, you should perform maintenance once a year before the heating season. If you’re not comfortable or simply don’t have the time. You should have a licensed professional to perform routine maintenance.