As with most household systems, your cooling and heating systems need regular maintenance. The benefits include lower utility bills, reduced repairs and greater comfort for your family, while extending the service life of the equipment.
While your HVAC system does not require constant attention to keep it running efficiently, you should schedule an annual maintenance tune-up or set up a maintenance plan with your local HVAC contractor.
A NATE-certified (North American Technician Excellence) technician will spot and correct any potential problems with your system before costly repairs or replacement is necessary. Here are a few of the things you can do to help keep your HVAC system in good condition throughout the year.
- Air Filters: One of the easiest and most basic tasks is to change your A/C, heat pump or furnace filter on a regular basis. Inspect monthly and change it when it looks dirty. A dirty or clogged filter restricts airflow to your HVAC system and can reduce your indoor air quality.
- Outdoor Equipment: Central split-system A/Cs and heat pumps include an outdoor condensing unit that needs regular cleaning. Dust, sand, leaves, stones and storm debris can build up in and around the unit and lead to problems. Check it often, removing debris and hosing off any dirt, sand or dust.
- Airflow: To reduce the chance of mold developing, especially in infrequently used rooms, keep all interior vents and doors open. This will improve airflow and circulate heat or cooled air better. Keep the vents clean and dust free.
- Rest the System: Take a lot of the strain off your HVAC system by turning down the heat or A/C when no one is home or right before bedtime; a programmable thermostat can do that for you, whether you’re home or not. On mild days, open the windows and let in some fresh air.
For more information on keeping your HVAC system running efficiently, or to schedule a maintenance plan, please contact the experts at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve been serving Martin, Indian River, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties since 1973.