You’re always being told to look after your HVAC system, but what does this actually mean? What are some things that you can do to look after your HVAC system and keep it running healthily for many years to come? Here are some suggestions!
Replace Dirty Air Filters
For the longest time, one of the simplest maintenance tips has been to replace the air filters. As soon as filters are dirty, the whole system has to work harder, and this affects the air quality around your home. Using your phone (or calendar, for those who haven’t left the old world behind), set a reminder once a month to check on the condition of your air filters.
If it looks clogged, replace the filter completely. Experts from Extrordinair suggest a replacement every 30 to 90 days, and when you change them all depends on how frequently you use the system, whether you have pets, etc. As long as you’re checking regularly, your system will run efficiently.
Listen for Problems
You don’t need an advanced degree in engineering to hear when something is wrong with an HVAC system. Rather than messing around with the system and getting excited about using the toolbox, it’s much better to simply listen for problems. Do you notice odd noises when the system jumps into action? Most people can hear when there’s debris in the vents, blockages in the register, and loose bolts.
Use Fans for Assistance
On those scorching summer days, the HVAC system can find it hard to keep the property cool. Although it’s designed for this very job, it’s still difficult on the days that exceed all predictions in terms of temperature. To help your system, turn on the portable fans and ceiling fans. Suddenly, the HVAC system has some support and doesn’t need to keep running all day just to keep all residents comfortable.
One top tip during the summer is to open the windows during the night and close them in the morning. When it’s stiflingly hot, the worst thing you can do is open the window because this is where the heat originates. It might seem counter-intuitive, but it’s better to keep the windows open overnight because this allows the cool air inside. When you wake up, close the windows and enjoy the cool environment (you’ll also extend the life of your HVAC system!).
Clear All Debris
For those with an outdoor unit, clear any debris that builds around it. In fall, leaves drop from the trees and seem to gather around these outdoor units. With this in mind, use gloves to clear away all leaves, dirt, sticks, pollen, and other debris. By keeping the unit clear, the fan receives maximum airflow, and you extend the lifespan once again.
Clean the Air Ducts and Registers (and Deactivate the Water Supply)
Often, homeowners replace the dirty air filters and celebrate another month of HVAC maintenance. However, your work isn’t done because you also need to clean the air ducts and registers (sorry!). With a vacuum and damp cloth, wipe them down and make it easier for air to pass through. Simultaneously, don’t be afraid to change the water panel and turn the water supply off for the furnace humidifier in summer.
Contact a Professional
This guide is all about DIY maintenance, and it’s great that you want to look after the HVAC system. Yet, those without confidence should never take risks with their HVAC system. Know when to contact a professional service and they’ll come to your home with the knowledge and equipment required to keep your HVAC system healthy and efficient.