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HVAC For Homeowners: 4 Ways To Maintain Your System

Maintaining your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is vital to keeping your home at comfortable temperatures while minimizing the impact on your pocket book. Without proper care and maintenance, your system will not be as efficient and can drive up your energy bills. The quality of the air in your home can be reduced, increasing the risk of allergic reactions with the potential to exacerbate airway diseases. Worse yet, part or all of the HVAC system can fail, costing you thousands of dollars to repair or replace. Follow these 4 tips to maintaining your HVAC system to keep it running as efficiently as possible for as long as possible.

1. Change the Air Filter

Depending on your HVAC system and the type of air filter you use, you should change your filter at least once per quarter, or every three months depending on use. Some models and makes will require a more frequent change, such as once per month. The simple act of replacing the air filter will make your system more efficient, as well as reduce the allergens and dust in your home. If you live with someone who has an airway disease, such as asthma or COPD, this will help a lot.

2. Clean the HVAC Ducts

Similar to changing the filter, cleaning the air ducts on a regular basis will provide more energy efficiency and decrease allergens in the air. You should hire licensed HVAC professionals to clean your ducts, not those who have no way of being held responsible for shoddy work. They will scrape the ducts to loosen any debris and dirt and then use a high-powered vacuum to remove it all. It is recommended that you have this done every few years or as needed. Consider doing it more often if you have pets that shed.

3. Keep the A/C Units Surroundings Clear

Make sure that no limbs or weeds are growing in the way of your air conditioning or heating unit. Maintain at least two feet of clearance around the entire unit at all times. This will allow easy access and decrease the chances of damage to the unit. Keep the condenser coil clean. You can use a regular vacuum to remove any debris that can fall in or around the unit. If the coil needs further cleaning, hire an HVAC professional. Be sure to keep the area where the lines enter the home clean and free of debris, as this is where most leaks tend to happen.

4. Have your HVAC System Professionally Maintained

It is recommended that at least once per year you have your entire HVAC system inspected and maintained by a professional. This can help catch problems before they start, as well as perform routine maintenance operations, thus saving you money in the long run. A professional can alert you to issues you need to be aware of and attend to, as well as give you tips on how to maintain your system year round.

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