Your HVAC system is a significant investment. If you want to ensure you get the most out of your investment, it will require regular maintenance. If you take care of it, your HVAC system will reduce your energy costs and improve your indoor air quality for many years of trouble-free service.
Your HVAC system has two significant subsystems; your air conditioner and your furnace. As we move into the colder months, now is the time to check over your furnace, and make sure it’s ready to keep you and your family warm all winter long. Here are five maintenance tasks you should tackle:
- Clean or Replace Your Filters
Your furnace filters do an essential job. They remove potentially harmful contaminants of bacteria, dust mites, fungal spores, pet dander, and pollen from the air you breathe. Inexpensive filters that catch most of these particles are acceptable in most houses. However, if someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, or another respiratory illness, you may consider high-performance filters. In any case, you should replace your filters at least twice a year.
- Check For Heat Loss
The efficiency of your heating and cooling system depends on your house being well insulated. If the warm or cold air in your home is escaping, your system will have to work harder to keep you comfortable. A heating professional can use infrared cameras and other specialized equipment to identify problem areas and help you make a plan to repair them.
- Uncover Your Vents
If your furnace vents are on the floor, the area around them may be cluttered with furniture, boxes, or household items. If your vents are blocked, the warm air from your furnace can’t get where it needs to go. Also, your furnace needs to work harder to keep you comfortable. If your vents are blocked, be sure to keep them clear and uncovered.
- Keep the Area Around Your Furnace Clear
It’s also essential to keep the area around your furnace clear. Your furnace needs plenty of airflow to operate correctly. It’s particularly important to keep anything flammable such as aerosol, cardboard boxes, cleaning supplies, or gasoline far away from your furnace to reduce the risk of fire.
- Clean the Ductwork
Finally, your ductwork must be clean and free of obstructions. Anything that falls into your vents can move into your ductwork and cause problems later. When you do your regular deep cleaning, remove floor registers, and vacuum to keep the area clean. If your ducts are particularly dirty, you may hire a professional to clean them.
With the right maintenance and care, your furnace and the rest of your HVAC system should run efficiently and give you many years of trouble-free service without the cost of repairs brought on by negligence. While the average DIY homeowner can handle many chores of furnace maintenance, professionals should handle some jobs. Regular maintenance costs are far less than the cost of repairing a major problem with your HVAC system. For further information, contact the team at Paul’s Heating and Air Conditioning!