Posted on: 18 February 2015
Pollutants, dirt and allergens inside your HVAC system can cling to the mechanical parts of your furnace and air conditioner, causing the entire system to run less efficiently. In addition, dirty air inside the HVAC system will circulate inside the house, exacerbating allergies and contributing to dust buildup on the furniture. Over time, dirt and buildup inside your HVAC system can result in costly cooling and heating repair. These tips for cleaning your HVAC system will help you maintain your heater and air conditioner. As a bonus, following these tips will contribute to the overall health of your family members and minimize the dust that lands on your furniture.
Replace the Air Filter
Your HVAC system has one air filter for both the furnace and air conditioner. The air filter cleans the air inside the HVAC system and prevents dust from building up inside the furnace and air conditioner. Replace your air filters on a regular basis. The Energy Star program recommends doing this every three months at minimum.
Clean the Ducts
Duct cleaning services are available through many HVAC repair companies. Duct cleaning removes all the dust and allergens that build up inside the ducts over time. Many homeowners pay for duct cleaning services on an as-needed basis, whether that's every year, every other year, or every few years. The best way to know if you can benefit from duct cleaning services is to request a consultation with an HVAC system professional.
Clean the Coils of the Condenser
The condenser is the part of the air conditioner that sits outside the home. The coils inside the condenser can get very dirty over time, especially during the fall when leaves, allergens and debris are blowing around in the air. Cleaning the coils can prevent the air conditioner from overheating during times of heavy use.
Commercial coil cleaning products are available at hardware stores and home improvement stores. However, many homeowners clean their coils by simply cutting the power to the condenser, removing the top of the condenser and then spraying inside the unit with a strong jet of water. To take this a step further, use a fin comb to remove debris caught between the fins on the outside of the unit.
Get Regular Tune Ups for the Furnace and Air Conditioner
Contact an HVAC professional once per year to service your furnace and air conditioner. In addition to checking all the mechanical parts and testing the thermostat, your HVAC repair person will clean some of the dirt built up inside of the system. For more information about cleaning and maintaining your HVAC system, contact a heating repair person today.Share