Posted on: 13 December 2018
To a new homeowner, the home's HVAC system may sound complicated to manage and maintain. While you don't need to make any repairs -- leave that to the professionals -- you do need to check on it throughout the heating and cooling seasons. Luckily, with a few quick tips, however, a stressful task can turn into an easy one.
1. Read the Manual: Owner's manuals are a notoriously dry read. While technical writers try their best to condense the information and explain it in terms that the average person can understand, this isn't exactly on The New York Times Best Seller list. Grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair. Take the time to read it now, before an emergency occurs.
2. Inspect Vents: Take a walk around your home every month or two and check all the vents. Sometimes, furniture or boxes can get pushed and wind up inadvertently blocking a vent or two. Vents should all be open and accessible. When the vents get blocked, not only does it mean that the room is not heated or cooled effectively, but it can also cause the furnace or air conditioner to work harder than it needs to.
3. Check for Flammables: Check in on your furnace once a month. Make sure that there are no flammables in the general vicinity. This includes old rags, dirty towels, paint cans, turpentine, loose paper, or anything else that can catch fire easily. Remove everything that could catch fire and make sure that a three to four-foot area around the furnace is clear. Your owner's manual has the best recommendation on how wide this clear area should be.
4. Replace Filters: Furnace filters sometimes need to be replaced each and every month. Luckily, they are inexpensive, and it takes just a moment to pop out an old filter and put in a new one. Conversely, there are reusable furnace filters on the market that allow you to simply rinse off the dirt and debris in the sink and re-install the filter. While slightly more expensive, they pay for themselves in the long run.
5. Remove Debris: Your air conditioner is located outside and has similar items to look for during the warmer months. Grass clippings, dry leaves, and even weeds can all block the unit, causing it to work inefficiently. Keeping the area clear only takes a few moments, but helps keep your system working in peak condition.
6. Annual Inspection: Last, but not least, schedule an annual inspection for your entire HVAC system each year. Having a professional look it over is helpful in spotting any major repairs that may be necessary.
Taking the time to take care of your HVAC system is easy when you know use these tips. For more information, contact your local HVAC maintenance service.Share