Maintain your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. Avoid problems and keep the system running efficiently and effectively. Here are a few tips for HVAC maintenance.
Annual HVAC Maintenance
Hire a professional for a yearly HVAC service visit. The technician will test the system and clean its components. If you use the HVAC system during summer and winter, have the system inspected and cleaned in spring and fall.
Change HVAC Filters
The recommended interval for changing your filter is typically every one to three months, depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines and how much you use the system.
Changing the air filter is one of the most important things to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. When you change the air filter, make sure you’re using a filter made for that particular model. If possible, use a HEPA-type filter and avoid electrostatic-charge filters (which attract dust particles but don’t trap them).
HVAC Maintenance: Have Ducts Inspected
Hire a professional to inspect air ducts for leaks or blockages. Many companies use a smoke machine to detect leaks. Check the ducts annually or whenever there’s an issue with the HVAC system, especially if you notice an increase in energy consumption (which could indicate a blockage).
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Keep the outdoor components of the HVAC system clean to improve efficiency and extend the system’s lifespan.
- Brush away loose dirt with a soft broom or brush.
- Water from the garden hose helps remove heavier dirt and grime.
- Use a vacuum to collect remaining particles on hard surfaces like the concrete or asphalt platform; be careful not to damage any plastic parts.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat makes saving money on heating and cooling costs easy. The best part is you control it from anywhere using your smartphone. If you forget to turn down the heat or air conditioning while out of town, open the app and adjust the thermostat settings.
Programming the thermostat lets you adjust the temperature automatically according to a schedule, so there’s no need for manual adjustments when you get home.
Regular Maintenance Keeps the System Running
A regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance routine keeps your costs low while maintaining a comfortable environment in your home. Here are reasons it’s important to keep up with maintenance:
- Keep your system running efficiently.
- The equipment will wear out faster without regular maintenance, leading to more expensive repairs.
- Extend the lifespan of the HVAC system. A dirty filter puts extra strain on an HVAC unit, increasing energy costs and wear and tear on other components. Replacing the filter has the added benefit of improving air quality in your home.
- A professional technician helps indoor and outdoor units stay clean and properly function. You’ll save money because you won’t have to replace the entire system.