How to Give Your HVAC System the Maintenance It Needs

If you want to extend the life of your HVAC, keeping up with basic maintenance is mandatory. Of course, attempting to do everything on your own can prove daunting, especially if you’re unfamiliar with how HVAC systems and their components operate. Here are some areas to consider when keeping your HVAC in tiptop shape.

Routine Cleaning

You need to be comfortable taking things apart and putting them back together. Therefore, make sure to use internet resources to help you through the process. When you begin cleaning, start with the outside. Pick up around it, and remove any rocks, leaves, or other detritus that has settled there. Remove the fan to clean it but also to make room to take out anything that may have fallen inside the unit itself. Follow the instructions on how to clean out the tubes inside. If there is anything blocking or coating the tubes, the efficacy of your machine may suffer. 

Don’t try to wing the cleaning; locate your specific make and model online, and use the associated guide to safely follow instructions. This can avoid any mistakes that could damage your machine. If you’re worried that you won’t do the job properly, you can also call on local handyman services. Before hiring a handyman, it’s a good idea to review customer testimonials and feedback online to find reputable contractors. 

Change Your Filters

Part of the overall maintenance of your HVAC system is changing your filters regularly. Depending on how much you’ve been using the machine, you should replace them every two to three months; there are even filter subscription services available. If you get low-quality filters, it may be necessary to swap them out monthly. Of course, if you opt not to do so, you run into several risks. Not only can you damage your machine, but you may also end up increasing your energy bills. Your home will also not benefit from the clean and better-smelling air of a fresh filter. As with cleaning, use online guides, as these are invaluable tools that protect your machine and save you money in the long run.

Check the Humidity

Our HVAC systems control and regulate our environment. If you live in a particularly moist environment, your machine may be working harder to keep humidity levels stable. For your own comfort, and for the sake of your HVAC, you may need to have a dehumidifier installed. After all, when moisture levels exceed 60 percent, the air retains more heat than is comfortable. Installing a dehumidifier means monitoring humidity less, but you’ll save a good deal of wear and tear on your HVAC in the long run. Do some research on what size will be best for your home and location. These machines can be pricey, so getting the correct one is important. However, the work they do can be vital to keeping our air conditioning in good shape.

Don’t Overuse It

Summer can get hot, and we may want to run our AC units constantly. Unfortunately, this can wear them out and cause us to need repairs more quickly. Take steps to keep your home cooler without relying solely on your system. Have your blinds or curtains drawn during the hottest hours of the day to keep temperatures down. Open your windows during the night, especially if you can achieve a cross breeze. If you do, make certain you turn the HVAC off to save energy. Further, try to avoid using the oven, as it can heat up the whole household. If possible, put shades on the outsides of your windows; this can double the protection you get from the sun. Every little bit can keep your HVAC in great condition and help out overall maintenance.

Don’t Do Repairs Yourself

Repairs and doing DIY maintenance are two separate issues. These are complicated machines, and trying to repair them yourself may void your warranty. You should have regularly scheduled maintenance, and preferably before the season you use it the most. For most of us, that’s summer, so get it checked in the spring. By getting a professional to inspect and service your HVAC, you are doing what you can to extend its life. This can potentially save you thousands on a replacement unit should something go horribly wrong. If your HVAC system can’t be repaired and you need a new system installed, make sure you document the work as this could raise your home’s value should you sell it at some point. 

Don’t let your HVAC go without the care it needs. Keep it clean, cycle it off during heat waves, and know when to call a pro. If you treat your air conditioning system well, it will reciprocate.

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