We are officially in the fall season and although the temperatures are still quite warm, the winter cold is on its way. Before the temperatures drop too much, make sure your HVAC system is in proper working condition and can handle effectively heating your house all winter long. Keeping HVAC running well requires preventative maintenance, as well as the following care tips.
Schedule your HVAC preventative maintenance appointment
You don?t want to find out that your heat is not working the first time you attempt to use it. You could be forced to pay for emergency HVAC services or you might have to wait for an appointment. In the meantime, you are left in the cold. Keeping HVAC running well means you should have routine preventative maintenance completed two times per year. HVAC systems require maintenance inspections twice a year. You should schedule one at the beginning of spring and another, at the beginning of fall.
Keep your air ducts clean
Your air ducts are an important part of the HVAC system. If the air ducts are clogged or filled with dust and other debris, your furnace will not work as efficiently. You might even think that you need a furnace repair when really, all you need is a cleaning. Your HVAC maintenance and service call might include a duct inspection and cleaning. However, if it does not, you will want to have them cleaned as well. Additionally, neglecting to clean out your air ducts can pollute your air quality and lead to an increase of allergy and illness symptoms.
Keep your HVAC at a minimum setting
The more that you rely on your HVAC system, the more likely that it is to require repairs. Even a brand new furnace installation will require a commercial HVAC service sooner if you are continually running it at the highest setting possible. Keep your furnace or air conditioning system at the lowest comfortable setting possible. In addition to prolonging the condition of your HVAC system, you will also notice a decrease in your utility bills. About 54% of energy consumption in commercial buildings can be attributed to HVAC and water heating systems. Reducing your HVAC by just a couple of degrees can save you a significant amount of money.
Regularly change out your HVAC filters
Just as your air ducts are important, so are the HVAC filters. HVAC filters keep excess debris and contamination from getting into the HVAC system. These filters can also stop the same debris from getting into the air ducts. HVAC filters are easier to clean and you can change them out yourself, whereas air duct cleanings are usually best left to the professionals. The filter on an HVAC unit should be changed at least once every three months. However, you might want to change it more often if you get a lot of use out of your HVAC or if you have allergy problems.
Know when to replace your HVAC system
Your HVAC system can only be maintained and repaired so many times until it no longer works efficiently. Many of today?s HVAC units are extremely efficient and are likely to last longer. Knowing when to replace your HVAC system can save you money on regular repairs and cleanings. It can also prevent you from paying thousands to repair an older HVAC system, only to replace it the next year. Keeping HVAC running well is not always possible if the system is in poor working condition.
Keeping HVAC running well is important to every homeowner. Your home?s HVAC system requires regular maintenance and preventative services with a recommended schedule of two times per year. You should also have your air ducts regularly cleaned and change out your HVAC filters every couple of months. Failing to keep up with these preventative measures will cost you more in repairs and will result in higher utility bills.