With the summer months upon us, it is a very good idea to ensure that you’re doing everything that you can as a responsible homeowner to ensure that your HVAC system is operating at max capacity. The last thing you or anyone else wants to deal with is a faulty air filter that could lead to compromised airflow, simply because you didn’t take the necessary steps to set your HVAC system up for success. Fortunately, we’ve taken the time to throw together a series of helpful HVAC maintenance tips and tricks that you can use to make sure your HVAC system is living its best life.
1. Consistent checkups from an HVAC professional.
You can only count on your eyes to catch a certain amount when it comes to any warning signs that your HVAC system might be giving out. This is why it’s crucial to rely on the trained eyes of an HVAC technician to ensure your HVAC system is functioning correctly. A professional technician may very well come through your home and, upon closer inspection, determine that you need a heating and/or cooling system replacement. Ultimately, those kinds of investments will only benefit your mental and physical health down the road. Plus, you might even end up being able to cut down on your energy bills if your HVAC system is operating efficiently.
2. Replace your air filters.
Your air filters work hard to provide that sweet, refreshing airflow throughout your home. You don’t want to diminish the quality of the cool air that’s circulating through your home because you’ve failed to check your air filters at least every 30-90 days. By consistently checking in on the health of your air filters, you’ll be able to make sure that there isn’t any unwanted dirt and other particles clogging up your air filters. Otherwise, you might come to find that there’s a whole lot less cold air than there should be. You’ll definitely want to handle those dirty filters if you live with multiple roommates, and especially if you have any pets in your home.
3. Vacuum your vents.
Your vents also work double-time to ensure that your indoor air quality is where it needs to be by providing cool and refreshing airflow throughout your home. With all of this work though, comes the potential for pollen, dust, and dirt to end up clogging up your vents. So, vacuum your vents on a regular basis to give your HVAC system its best chance at doing its job effectively.
4. Clean the outside unit.
With all of this time and energy being paid toward taking care of your HVAC unit’s indoor parts, it’s dangerously easy to forget that you also need to give that outside unit some care. Specifically, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve cut down any shrubs, branches, and leaves so that they’re at least three feet away from the outside unit. You’ll also want to wipe down the inside of the unit to ensure that there’s no nasty mold building up in there. Just make sure that you do this on a regular basis, and you’ll only give your HVAC system that much better of a chance at a long and fruitful life.
We’ve covered a handful of easily adoptable HVAC maintenance tips and tricks that’ll work for any home. The key thing to remember as a homeowner is that you need to be mindful and attentive when it comes to keeping an eye on your HVAC system’s ongoing health. If you’re someone who has an older HVAC system it might just be time for a replacement. Before you end up doing anything like that, make sure that you have an HVAC technician come through to confirm that that’s your best course of action. Ultimately, it’s all about doing what you need to do to keep your home nice and cool during the hot summer months.