Your HVAC system is one of the most important and most expensive elements of your home. A well maintained systems can last for up to twenty years, and regular maintenance can keep it running smoothly through the hottest summers and coldest winters. Not only that, but regular maintenance saves you money, gives you cleaner, healthier air to breathe, and benefits the environment by using less fuel. We at Swan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. want you to have the healthiest, most efficient home possible. Here are six easy ways to keep your HVAC system in good repair:
1. Keep your AC unit free of leaves and other debris.
Be sure to regularly check your outdoor AC unit and clear it of leaves and debris. Leaves and other buildup can restrict airflow and reduce efficiency. Not only that, but leaves retain moisture, which can cause metal components of the unit to rust and degrade the overall quality of the metals.
2. Change your air filter every 1-3 months.
A dirty air filter uses significantly more energy to operate, and it is one of the leading causes of HVAC failure. Air filters trap all kinds of nasty buildup like pet hair, dirt, and dust. Failure to change a filter regularly results in poor air quality and inefficient HVAC operation. Most filters need to be changed every 1-3 months. Check the specifications of the filter you use, and keep in mind that households with pets may need to change filters more often.
3. Vacuum vent grills regularly.
Keep allergens, pet hair, and dust from reaching your air filter with a bit of prevention at the source: regularly vacuum your vent grills to remove any buildup of dust and debris. Your general cleanliness in living spaces can play a part in the overall health of your HVAC system. If you are regularly removing dirt, dust, and hair from your floor and vents, you are reducing the burden placed on the HVAC system itself.
4. Visually inspect your unit.
Giving your HVAC system a quick once-over can help you identify issues before they turn into major problems. Check your furnace and AC unit for any visible leaks, dirty or frozen coils, broken or loose connections, or anything else that just looks “off.” If you do notice something that just doesn’t look right, call your HVAC repair specialist right away.
5. Give your HVAC system a break with a programmable thermostat.
Make your system work less often by adjusting your thermostat. When a system runs less frequently, your energy bills go down and the longevity of your system is increased. If you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat that allows you to adjust temps from your smartphone or computer. Establish a schedule that raises temps by 3-8 degrees in the summer and lowers temps by the same amount in the winter. With a smart thermostat, you can tailor your temps to match activity levels of your family in the home. Everyone at work or school during the day? Adjust those temps accordingly!
6. Schedule regular maintenance with a professional service.
Regular DIY maintenance and attention can be a fantastic start to keeping your HVAC system healthy, but it’s equally important to schedule regular maintenance with a professional HVAC service. A good annual or seasonal HVAC maintenance check will include inspection of all components, cleaning and oiling of all parts, and any adjustments needed to ensure optimal performance. Your service provider will help you identify optimal energy usage for your home, saving you money in the long run.
At Swan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we strive to provide the best quality service in town. We offer a 22-point inspection for both AC units and furnaces. Contact us today to schedule your service.