To keep your HVAC system working at its optimal efficiency, carry out maintenance activities regularly. Routine HVAC maintenance not only improves the energy efficiency of your HVAC, but also increases the system’s lifespan. Regular maintenance saves you money on repairs and prevents headaches down the road.
Here are some ways to keep your HVAC in top shape all year round from Just-in Time Plumbing & Heating, one of the best HVAC companies in Sonoma County.
Change HVAC Filters
An HVAC filter catches pollutants such as dust, dander, pollen, and mold in the air just before it is pulled in through the blower and circulated through the ducts. Over time, HVAC filters can become clogged. Clogged filters are unable to do their job and can cause airflow problems that force the unit to work harder and longer. An overworked HVAC can overheat and stop working prematurely.
Some signs your HVAC filters are clogged include unusually high energy bills, hot, and cold spots and frozen evaporator coil. To keep your HVAC working at its peak efficiency, replace your filters every 90 days. If you have pets or aging parents at home or someone in your home has a seasonal allergy, you will want to replace your filters more frequently-every 30 or 60 days.
Do not Block Your Air vents or Registers
To ensure proper airflow, leave enough space around your system. Make sure furniture, rugs, plants or any other items aren’t placed in front of your HVAC. Doing so restricts the airflow to your unit and it is forced to work harder.
Clean Your System
Dirt and dust can negatively affect the performance of your HVAC. Regular cleaning prevents dust from building up on the parts of your HVAC, so your unit can function smoothly. Wipe down the parts of your indoor and outdoor unit with a clean cloth or soft brush. Trim vegetation back around the outdoor unit. Clean ducts and make sure your drain line isn’t clogged. Check the outdoor unit/compressor to see if it sits level. Repair or replace bent fins.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Have a professional inspect and maintain your HVAC twice a year-before summer and winter. A professional is trained to diagnose HVAC problems and treat their root causes. They have an eye for detail and notice problems that DIY-enthusiasts often miss.
The aim of professional HVAC maintenance is to keep the HVAC in top shape all year round. Regular professional maintenance addresses current problems and prevents potential issues, saving HVAC owners money on repairs and headaches down the road.
What Does Professional HVAC Maintenance include?
During HVAC maintenance your contractor
- Changes the unit’s air filters
- Checks the thermostat to make sure it is working properly
- Inspects the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged
- Checks electrical connections
- Inspects and cleans the outdoor unit