What Are Some of the Most Important General Maintenance Tips for My Heating and Cooling System?
One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make is neglecting their HVAC system. This type of neglect can result in premature failures of equipment that otherwise, with proper maintenance, would have lasted many years. Additionally, HVAC manufactures can void warranties on parts when they are not properly maintained.
But where should homeowners start? There are general rules of thumb when it comes to typical maintenance on an HVAC system. Following this handful of tips is the best thing you can do to keep a system in premiere shape for a more extended period. I mean, who doesn’t want their HVAC system operating at its maximum performance?
Important heating and cooling system maintenance tips:
- Schedule annual pre-season check-ups
First and foremost, it’s imperative to stay on top of the scheduling maintenance of your HVAC system. Hiring an HVAC professional contractor to do a routine check-up of your system is one of the best ways to allow it to run for many years. Scheduled maintenance will let you find issues early and resolve them quickly before the efficiency and health of your HVAC system starts to decline. The best times to schedule these routine check-ups are in early spring for your cooling system and early fall for your heating system.
- Check humidifiers, UV lights, air pumps, zoning systems, accessories, etc.
Some homes have additional equipment working in cohesion with their regular heating and cooling system. If this is the case, you want to ensure that these additions are getting regularly maintained as well. Typically, an HVAC professional contractor can check these out at your scheduled maintenance appointment. If you have an Arzel system in your home, you don’t need to worry about maintenance, but you can still use our contractor locator tool to find an Arzel-approved contractor in your area to check the status of your other IAQ equipment.
Maintaining proper airflow through dusty, dirty filters is next to impossible. According to energystar.gov, “A dirty air filter will cause your heating and cooling system to work harder to distribute air throughout your home. This can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.” So, not only can old filters run your HVAC system into an early grave, but they also cause you to spend more money than you need to on your energy bills
Pro tip: next time your HVAC contractor is at your home for a check-up, have them show you how to check your filters. Knowing the condition of your filters will save you time and money by only getting them swapped out when necessary.
- Revisit your thermostat settings
The most essential rule for energy savings is perfecting your thermostat settings. Regularly, you should revisit your current thermostat settings and tweak them as needed. Different seasons require different comfort requirements in your home, so make the most of the versatile programmability your thermostat. Check out this article on how to setup a schedule for a programmable thermostat for the most energy savings or read our previous post on improving comfort based on lifestyle patterns.
Ensuring your ductwork is in good shape is vital to the health of your HVAC system. Things like annual ductwork cleaning and sealing off any holes are essential maintenance steps to remember. Dirt and build-up in your ductwork combined with leakage will cause you to lose about 20-30% of the airflow in your home (www.energystar.gov). So, not only will your equipment have to work twice as hard to maintain consistent airflow throughout your home, you may not even achieve total comfort.
To ensure your HVAC system gets the proper maintenance it needs, contact an HVAC professional contractor near you to help. They will be able to answer all of your questions about your equipment and handle what tune-ups may be required. Take proper care of your heating and cooling system, and you will obtain ultimate comfort in your home!