Keeping Your HVAC System in Tip Top Shape
Your HVAC system is your home’s respiratory system. It is important to keep it maintained because average wear and tear can make the system prone to weaknesses.
A great way of maintaining your system is to change the air filters on a regular basis. We would recommend changing your filter every few months or if you have pets every two months. A dirty filter can cause a build-up of debris, waste energy, slow the air flow, and can even lead to a system failure.
Changing your filters is also a great preventative measure for keeping your air ducts clean. Your air ducts are a breeding ground for dirt, dust, mold, and other debris (many of which are allergy triggers). Having clean ducts offers a variety of benefits, including improved air quality and temperatures, as well as reduced utility costs and dust.
Other steps you should take to maintain your HVAC system include:
- Keeping your outdoor units free of debris (leaves, grass, and pollen).
- Making sure there is at least two feet of clearance around your outdoor units.
- Inspecting the insulation on refrigerant lines running into the house.
- Turning off the water to the furnace humidifier in the summer.
- Replacing the humidifier filter and turning on the water in the fall.
Taking these steps (as well as many others) will help maintain your system throughout the year. It is also imperative to have your HVAC system inspected every fall and spring by a professional.