Your HVAC systems in your home are important and play a major part with the rest of the major appliances in your home. Your heat and cooling systems require maintenance in order to keep running without breakdowns and to prevent an issue with your appliances that may require a new installation long before the end of their lifetime. If you aren't maintaining your systems, or you aren't sure what to do in order to maintain your systems, read on for some helpful information that can guide you.
1. Clean Your Systems Each Season
Clean your systems every season before you use them for the first time and throughout the seasons as well. Your furnace should be vacuumed, and your air conditioning unit should be sprayed with a garden hose. Vacuum the furnace inside the control panel to remove dust and other dirt or dander that may have been building up throughout the year. Spray the condensing unit outside your home with the garden hose to remove dirt that has built up in the fins of the unit. Do not use a pressure washer, as it can cause the fins to start bending.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Change the air filter in your system every other month. Swap out the old, dirty filter and install a brand-new one. Don't attempt to clean the old one, you need to install a brand-new one. Use one that helps to trap dust and dander and has multiple pleats to help trap the particles in the air to help keep the air in your home clean and to prevent breathing issues or prevent disrupting existing breathing problems such as allergies or asthma.
3. Hire A Professional
Hire a professional to maintain your HVAC units throughout the year. The HVAC technician will look over your appliances and will make sure your systems are in working order before the beginning of each season. They will clean your units and will check all of the moving parts of the equipment to ensure you do not end up with a breakdown during the season you are using the appliances.
If you aren't sure how to maintain your systems, you need to hire a professional HVAC technician to help you take care of these maintenance tasks for you. Failing to maintain your systems can cause your system to break down long before the end of its actual lifetime is up. Reach out to an HVAC maintenance service near you to learn more.