One of the greatest modern innovations that people take for granted is their HVAC system. Your heating and air conditioning system are what brings you relief when you step inside and feel the warmth of your home on a cold day or the refreshing cool on a hot day. Often, people neglect to offer any upkeep to their HVAC system until there is a problem – and by the time there’s a problem, you are most likely physically uncomfortable. Not only is it unfortunate to lack air conditioning or heating when you need it, but it can also be a hazard to your health and belongings. Here are some essential steps for maintaining your HVAC system all year long.
Pre-Season Test Runs
The first warm day of spring has approached, and you are feeling refreshed and excited to finally turn on your air conditioning system! After all, this is a sign that it’s warm enough to wear shorts. You turn on your system, only to find that something’s not right, and it looks like you will be without an air conditioning system for a few days. Now, you wish you had a few extra days before the warm weather set in so you could get your system fixed. This is why it is important to fire up your air conditioning system a few weeks before it becomes warm enough to need it, and to do the same with your heating system before it gets too cold. This way, you know if there are any repairs that need to be done after your system has been sitting dormant for months at a time, and you are prepared for the weather to change.
During this same time frame twice a year, it is highly recommended that you have a professional give your system a little checkup. Your HVAC professional will be able to perform essential maintenance such as cleaning and lubricating. This may be the best opportunity to fire up your system a few weeks before. This way, you have a professional already on site in the chance that something needs special attention.
All homeowners need to be regularly replacing their filters (every 1-6 months). The timeframe for your filters may be different from someone else’s. Much of this depends on the air in your area and the HVAC system you use. Pay close attention to your filter for a few months to determine the best time frame for your filter replacements.
Replace Parts When Needed
As soon as you are aware of any parts of your system that are damaged or going bad, have them replaced. This will prevent more serious issues from arising in the future. If you have any questions or need maintenance performed on your system, call us today.