The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your home is the engine of your house. Running it without proper maintenance will lead to a breakdown (usually in the dead of winter or the heat wave of summer) when you need it the most. Follow these steps to keep your system running strong and keeping you comfortable
Clean your system of dust and debris
Inspect the duct work and pipes for leaks and cracks
Keep the outdoor unit clear of debris and vegetation
Change your air filter every
Clean your HVAC system before
winter and summer weather
Allow your unit enough room to “breathe” properly
As your system ages, parts can
start to loosen and fail
Check your filter monthly as some months produce more dust
Check the ductwork that connects the main unit to the rooms of your home.
Check refrigerant pipes and levels for possible leaks.
If you notice low refrigerant levels or crack/weakness in your pipes and ducts, call a professional.
Flush your ducts to remove mold and other contaminants.
Schedule an annual routine check before the winter months.
Homes that have indoor pets or smokers should consider checking air filter every two weeks. If your filters are dirty, change them immediately. Staying on top of dirty air filters relieves stress on your system and will save you money on energy and service costs.
Building a shelter over your outdoor unit will provide superior protection and remove potential threats that lead to costly repairs. If you live in an area with harsh winters, this is a must. Just be sure to leave enough room inside for proper ventilation.