Your home’s HVAC system is one of your most important investments.
It is also one investment that can really disrupt the peace and comfort of your home if it is not working properly.
It is important to take the necessary steps toward maintaining your HVAC system to avoid huge repairs.
Changing Air Filters
It is recommended that once a month during peak-use seasons (usually winter and summer) that you change your air filters.
This actually serves two purposes.
First, it allows better air flow to your system which translates into better service, and second, it helps keep the air quality of your home at its best.
In order to save money, some homeowners opt for cleaning rather than replacing filters.
This is a rather messy chore, but in the long run it will save you quite a bit of money. Make sure that filters are completely dry before your replace them.
The other step toward maintaining your HVAC unit, would be to regularly check the outdoor unit.
The outdoor unit will collect debris throughout the year.
You should check for and remove any twigs, leaves or other matter that has collected in the unit. Cleaning the unit off regularly is important.
This is especially important after a bout of bad weather, when there will be an unusual amount of debris.
Establishing a two foot perimeter around your unit that is free from vegetation will also help keep your unit running more smoothly.
Another trick to increasing your HVAC efficiency is to keep your outdoor intake fan shaded.
This will cool the air that is being processed, making your indoor air almost ten percent cooler, which can make a big difference.
Check Duct Work
Duct work is one of the most important elements of your HVAC system and can have a huge impact on the efficiency of your unit.
You should check your duct work at least twice a year to ensure that there are not punctures to any tubing and that all duct work is securely in place.
While you are checking duct work, it is also a good idea to check out the insulation and seals. These can make a huge difference in your monthly energy bill.
When to Call Professionals
You should have your HVAC system inspected by a professional twice a year before the beginning of both winter and summer peak seasons.
During this time a HVAC professional can inform you if your unit needs to be serviced.