When you invest in a new HVAC system for your home or business, you want that equipment to last as long as possible. With a few simple steps each season, you can help prolong its lifespan and keep it functioning more efficiently. In addition to scheduling seasonal inspections with an HVAC contractor, follow these tips.
How to Properly Maintain Your HVAC System
1. Change the Filter
HVAC systems have filters that are designed to catch dust and solid debris that pass through your air ducts. When the filter fills up, it can block air from flowing through as efficiently as it should. This leads to more dust in your air supply, and it can also force your equipment to work harder than necessary. Check this component about once per month and change it whenever there’s a visible layer of buildup.
2. Insulate Your Home
If your HVAC system is constantly cycling because your home gets too warm or cold, your equipment is going to wear out faster than usual. You can potentially add years to its life and cut your energy bills in the process by ensuring your walls, basement, and attic are properly insulated. Additionally, check the exterior doors and windows for drafts and seal any gaps with caulk so air stays trapped inside for longer.
3. Keep the Unit Clear
Grass, trees, and brush commonly grow around exterior condenser units. However, this equipment requires adequate airflow over the coils to distribute cool air throughout your home. Leave the full cleaning to a professional HVAC contractor, but trim the branches and brush growing around the unit to protect it from unnecessary buildup. Also, if you have pets that love to dig or sniff around the area, put up a short fence to protect it from damage.
In addition to these tips, seasonal inspections from an HVAC contractor are crucial for getting the most out of your equipment. At Jon’s Plumbing & Heating, we offer maintenance, repairs, and installation services for both heating and AC systems, along with plumbing and indoor air quality options. Our team is made of state-licensed plumbing and HVAC contractors dedicated to serving the people and businesses throughout Mount Vernon, OH, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see a full list of our services, and call (740) 520-2312 to request an appointment today.