It is essential to keep the heating and cooling system in your home at maximum efficiency. At Precision Heating & Cooling, we believe that proper maintenance is the key equalizer to extend the life and functionality of your air conditioning and heating units. Here are tips straight from our expert team to ensure your comfort all year round.
Understand your System
Before embarking on any maintenance activity, understanding your HVAC system’s features and overall operation is crucial. These systems often include an air conditioner, furnace, ductwork, thermostats, and heat pumps.Central air-conditioning systems are usually combined with heating systems, which share the same ductwork. Identifying what you have can help when troubleshooting and effectively maintaining it.
Furthermore, knowing your system means being aware of its last service or check-up date. Most professionals, including us at Precision Heating & Cooling, recommend semi-annual HVAC service – before the onset of winter and summer.
Regular Inspection and Cleaning
Keeping your system clean and unclogged will significantly improve its effectiveness. Ensure the air filters are clean and replaced as required, usually every 90 days – but this may vary based on system usage or the type of filter used. Examine the heating system and air conditioner coils, drainage pan, and drain lines. Unclog the drain if it’s blocked.
A clean outdoor unit can dramatically enhance your system’s efficiency. Clear any debris from your external HVAC unit and maintain at least 1 foot of clear space around the unit.
The thermostat is your direct control point for the system, and facilities like programmable thermostats can save energy costs while maintaining comfort. Review your thermostat settings for any potential changes or updates that might enhance your living conditions.
If you’re still operating an older thermostat, you may want to consider switching it with a programmable or smart thermostat. These devices can be programmed to adjust the temperature when you’re away or sleeping, potentially saving you on energy costs.
Seek Professional Help
Don’t hesitate to seek professional help when you notice persistent issues. If your DIY maintenance doesn’t resolve irregularities in heating, cooling, or energy consumption, it’s best to get professional help. Our team at Precision Heating & Cooling is always available to diagnose and address any HVAC issues.
Remember, maintenance is easier and less costly than full replacement or major repair work. Regular maintenance will not only lead to a more efficient system but will also prolong its life. Follow these tips and keep your system running at its best. Happy heating and cooling!