Tips for Maintaining Your Home Heating and Cooling System

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Tips for Maintaining Your Home Heating and Cooling System

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Regular maintenance on any part of your home will prevent damage and deterioration to the structure. But what about all of the parts inside your home, like the heating and cooling system? It requires regular maintenance in order to perform optimally during the times when you need it most.

Failing to maintain your home heating and cooling system can turn into big and expensive problems, fast. That’s why you should take the proper steps to ensure that it’s working best, all year round.

There are a few different things you can do to keep your system functioning properly. All you need is a little time and patience.

In this article, we’re discussing maintenance tips to help keep your home heating and cooling system, well, heating and cooling. Keep reading to learn more.

Programmable Thermostats

Using a programmable thermostat for your heating system can significantly reduce costs on your heating bill. This works the same way in the summer when you’re trying to keep your home cool.

Make sure your thermostat is functioning properly to ensure that you’re not paying for hot or cold air that simply isn’t blowing. Or blowing at less than optimal force.

You can adjust your thermostat temporarily to see if it makes a difference in the air temperature and whether or not your furnace or air conditioner kicks on more or less throughout the day. If you notice that something seems out of place, your best bet is to contact a professional HVAC service to diagnose the issue.

Keep Air Ducts Clean

It’s always a good idea to clean out your air ducts from time to time to prevent a buildup of dust and debris that can become trapped there. Simply remove registers and vents and vacuum out the ducts as best you can.

Be cautious not to allow debris items to fall far down your ductwork because this can cause airflow to become restricted. Consider cleaning your ducts once per month to ensure proper airflow and prevent issues with your home heating and cooling system.

Registers and Vents

Since you removed the registers and vents to clean out the air ducts, you should do the same with these pieces. Vacuuming the vents is good but you should also wipe them off. Consider using soap and water to prevent a buildup of grime that will inevitably take a toll on your heating and cooling system.

If you’re trying to prevent heating or cooling in a particular area of your home, you can close the registers and vents to restrict airflow to a room. Just remember which vents are closed and open when performing regular maintenance to avoid confusion.

Also, for rooms that you are not restricting airflow, make sure your vents and registers are unobstructed. That means you should remove furniture or floor items that could potentially cover the vents causing disrupted airflow to certain regions in your home.

Clean and Replace Filters

You should clean and/or replace your filters at least every few months when your unit is in use. Especially if you have pets, dander and dust can accumulate quickly, stopping up your system or restricting airflow.

Most filters are easy to replace and you should be able to find instructions printed on your furnace unit. Make sure to follow the guidelines set forth by the unit manufacturer and according to the air filter which you are using. Some air filters recommend that they can be changed as little as every six months.

You can gauge how often your filters need changing according to the amount of dust and dirt that has accumulated over time. If it’s dirty, clean or change it right away.

Prevent Condensation

Your furnace and heat pump works together to produce warm air in the colder months. While in the summer, this same air is blown over a cooling component to cool your home. This causes condensation buildup over time that needs to be cleaned in order for your unit to run efficiently.

Check the condensation drain to be sure it’s unobstructed and free from water damage. Mold and bacteria are most prominent in this component.

You may prefer to have a technician perform this routine maintenance, but you can do it yourself with high-pressure air that will blow the water through and out of your condensate drain. Make sure to read your maintenance manual thoroughly to be sure you take all the proper steps for this task.

Outdoor Maintenance

Of course, your outdoor home heating and cooling system unit needs to be properly maintained, too. Make sure it is free of dirt and debris. It’s a good idea to have at least a two-foot clearance around the circumference of your outdoor unit to prevent overgrowth and henceforth damage.

Always make sure to turn the power off to your unit before cleaning or performing maintenance.

Call The Professionals

Annual or bi-annual maintenance is recommended to keep your home heating and cooling system running efficiently all year round. A service technician can not only diagnose problems but also ensure that each function is working properly. Usually, the end of the heating season is the best time to have your unit serviced.

Many professionals recommend that you perform service-check ups on your heating and cooling system during daylight savings each year. This will help you remember when it needs to be done and ensure your system is working properly before you’ll be using it every day.

Servicing Your Home Heating and Cooling System

Maintaining your home heating and cooling system doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stressful. Nor costly and time-consuming. Simply keep these tips in mind throughout the seasons when you’re using your system the most.

Follow these steps to ensure that your home stays warm or cool when it’s supposed to, without fail. You can reference this list as a guideline to get you started. It’s all about paying close attention to detail and knowing when to call the professionals.

If your home heating and cooling system needs servicing, or if you have questions, feel free to contact us. We have qualified experts ready to tackle your problems.