Your HVAC in your home consists of your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems. These systems help keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and allow your entire home to circulate with the air so each and every room in your home feels the same temperature. Without these systems working properly, you could end up sweating or freezing depending on the season. To help all of these systems working properly, there are a few things you should be doing. Read on for a few HVAC maintenance tasks you need to be doing.
1. Cleaning Your Systems
Consider the amount of dust you find in your home on an average week, then consider how much of this dust is in your systems. Your furnace, which is inside, can accumulate a lot of dust and other debris. Clean this system out using a shop vacuum before the start of the cold-weather season and after the season ends. Keeping the furnace clean will help prevent a fire and can also prevent a breakdown. Clean the system thoroughly with it turned off and the gas turned off as well. Your air conditioner, which sits outside, can also accumulate debris. Dirt, grass clippings, pollen, and other debris can all accumulate in the system itself and in the fins of the unit. Clean this out using a garden hose, spraying it inside and out, but making sure not to soak the motor. Your vents should also be cleaned a few times throughout the year. Vacuum the vents and clean them with soap and water.
2. Change The Air Filter
The air filter in your home works for both the air conditioner and the furnace. The air filter has air running through it no matter which of these systems you are using. It helps remove impurities from the air and traps them in the filter's weave. If this is full of debris already, it can easily block the flow of air and can shut down your systems. Changing the air filter can prevent this from happening. Be sure you are changing the air filter every other month and checking it at least once per month.
The HVAC systems in your home all have big jobs and they should be treated with care. Remember to maintain these systems to ensure they run smoothly. If you aren't up to the task of maintaining these systems, hire a pro to do the job for you. Reach out to an HVAC professional near you for more information.