It is important for all homeowners to consider the regular care and maintenance of a home’s air conditioning, or HVAC system. The proper maintenance will not only save energy, but will also save you money. A well maintained system will keep a home comfortable and will ensure the system is running as it was intended to.
The regular steps in maintaining an HVAC system are fairly simple:
- Check the filter every month. The filter is usually located in a grille on the wall or ceiling, usually in a hallway.
- Clean or replace the filter at least every three months.
- Remove debris such as leaves and dust from the outside unit.
- Check the thermostat.
- Have the system scheduled for tune-ups twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall.
By performing these tasks the system will run efficiently and save you money. The unit will not have to work as hard to pump the air throughout the house, thus saving energy and keeping the bill lower. The harder a unit has to work the more energy that is consumed, this is one way that our energy bill gets higher than usual.
Maintenance reduces repair costs
With the proper care you are preventing the possibilities of repairs. Regular cleaning and inspections of wires and fan blades will help things functioning right and reduce the chances of dealing with repairs. Repairs can be costly and stressful, especially in the hot seasons.
Inspect the ductwork periodically for punctures, leaks, and blockages. Make sure there is nothing that can fall and puncture the lines.Check for leaks. Leaks can be costly, plus that much needed air is being released into areas that do not need it. Leaks usually happen at the joints and bends. Blockages make the system work harder and will increase the energy bills. Check for debris in the ductwork. Usually a collection of moisture occurs where a blockage is found.
Having to replace a system prematurely will be costly. If you can avoid replacement as long as possible it will save you money in the long run. You are losing money if your system is being replaced in only a couple years, or in half the time it is expected to last. Maintaining the HVAC system will ensure that it reaches it’s maximum intended life expectancy before you have to replace it.
Perhaps you need to call a professional, but aren’t exactly sure! Check out our article on “when to have AC repair”