Your HVAC is one of the largest systems in your home. Nearly half of your monthly utility bills go to heating and cooling.
Maintaining a furnace and air conditioning system is crucial for ensuring optimal performance and longevity. Neglecting routine maintenance can lead to costly repairs and decreased energy efficiency. How do you maintain your heating and cooling systems for optimal performance?
Change the air filter regularly
We can’t stress this enough – one of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system is to change the air filter on a regular basis. A dirty air filter can cause a number of problems, such as reduced airflow and increased energy consumption. Generally, you should change your air filter every three months or more often in a busy household.
Clean the outdoor unit
The outdoor unit of your air conditioning system is exposed to the elements and can become dirty over time. Cleaning the outdoor unit regularly can improve its performance and efficiency. To clean the unit, simply turn off the power and use a soft brush to remove any dirt or debris.
Check and clean the vents and ducts
Dirty ducts can cause poor indoor air quality and decreased energy efficiency. You can inspect your vents by removing the air registers and looking inside. You can clean the area with a vacuum cleaner if you see any debris or dust. A thorough duct cleaning may be necessary periodically, especially after a major renovation or if you’ve experienced a flood.
Have a professional inspect and maintain your HVAC system
Considering your HVAC system is one of the most expensive inside your home, having a professional inspect and maintain it on a regular basis is essential to ensure optimal performance. A professional can check for any problems, such as worn or damaged parts, and make necessary repairs. A professional can also clean the system and perform other necessary maintenance tasks to ensure a long lifespan.
Keep the area around the furnace and air conditioning unit clear
Keeping the area around the furnace and air conditioning unit clear of obstructions can improve performance and efficiency. Make sure there is enough space around the unit to allow for proper airflow and access for maintenance.
Insulate your ducts
Ducts are made from a flexible material that moves every time the furnace or air conditioner turns on. Expanding and contracting can cause leaks around the joints, or loosen the insulation from the surrounding area. Periodically inspecting the entire duct system can improve energy efficiency. Insulation can help to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Hire a professional for a complete evaluation of your system.
Program your thermostat
Programming your thermostat can reduce energy consumption and improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. You can set the thermostat to a lower temperature in the winter and a higher temperature in the summer when you are not home, or sleeping. This will help to reduce wasted energy and save money on your energy bills.
Maintaining your furnace and air conditioning system is ensures optimal performance and longevity.
If you have any questions or concerns about your HVAC system, do not hesitate to contact a professional for assistance.