When it comes to heating and air conditioning systems, a little routine maintenance can go along way. By taking time during the year to pay attention to minor details, you can improve the efficiency of your unit, save money on utility costs and actually help extend the life of your unit for years to come.
There are several steps you can take to maintain your heating and air conditioning unit. The first and perhaps the most cost-effective step is to change your filters regularly. The filters are made to catch and filter out dust, dirt, pollens, and other allergens and keep them room circulating all through your house. Changing them regularly will help keep the air in your home cleaner for you and your family.
Changing the filters will also help keep your unit running smoothly. Filters that are not changed on a regular basis can become clogged. This adds extra strain to your system making it work less efficiently. Clogged and dirty filters will also be less energy efficient costing you more in utilities.
Another step you can take is to check the outside of your unit. Many times dirt, and debris such a leaves and pine straw can fall down into the unit or pile up around the outside. This hinders the unit from being able to work properly. Before attempting to clean any part of the unit, make sure the poser is off. Safety must always come first. Once that is done, make sure the system is free and clear from all sort of debris.
Check the fan blades to make sure they are not loose and that they are turning properly. Vacuum out any debris that may be stuck down in the housing unit. Then brush or wipe the fan blades to remove any dirt that may be stuck on them. Dirt and dust build up on the fan blades can cause throw the fan out of balance.
Another vital step in taking care of your unit is to have your system checked out yearly by an HVAC professional. Find a reliable company in your area and get on their yearly maintenance plan. They will come out and check various components of your system including, filters, fans, belts, air ducts, R-22 levels, thermostats and more.
By taking the care of your heating and air conditioning unit by routine maintenance, your system will run more smoothly and efficiently for years to come. This will help save you money on repair bills as well as energy costs.