Just like your car, your home’s heating and cooling system need regular maintenance to run properly. A well-maintained HVAC system will not only keep your home comfortable, but it will also save you money on your energy bills. With the weather getting cooler, it’s especially important to make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly. Here’s a handy checklist to help you keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape all year long!
Change your air filter
Replacing your air filter regularly is probably the simplest and most important thing you can do to maintain your HVAC system. Most filters should be changed every 1-3 months, but be sure to check your manufacturer’s recommendations.
Clean your air conditioner’s coils
Cleaning your air conditioner’s coils helps the air conditioner to run more efficiently. When the coils are clean, the air conditioner does not have to work as hard to cool the air, which can save you money on your energy bills. In addition, clean coils can help to lengthen the life of your air conditioner.
Clean your furnace’s burners
Like dirty coils, dirty burners with a build-up of dirt and debris can make your furnace work harder than it needs to, wasting energy and driving up your energy bills. Additionally, a dirty burner can be a fire hazard.
Inspect your ductwork
Your ductwork is responsible for distributing heated and cooled air throughout your home, so it’s important to inspect it regularly to make sure it’s in good condition. Check for holes, cracks, or leaks and inspect the ductwork for signs of mold or mildew. Ensure all the connections are secure and that there are no gaps or spaces in the ductwork. Leaky ducts can waste a lot of energy, so it’s important to make sure they are properly sealed.
Check your thermostat
Make sure your thermostat is set to the proper temperature and is functioning properly. A malfunctioning thermostat can cause your HVAC system to overheat or cool your home, which can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. It can also cause your energy bills to increase, as your HVAC system will have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature.
Schedule a professional tune-up
Even if you do all of the above, it’s still a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician come and perform an inspection and tune-up on your system annually. They will be able to spot any potential problems and fix them before they become major issues.
By following this checklist to maintain your HVAC system, you can avoid significant problems down the road and keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently all year long. If you’re looking for an HVAC inspection or regular maintenance, contact us today and one of our licensed and insured technicians will make sure your system is running smoothly!