Many people use the holidays as an excuse to put off HVAC maintenance. However, it’s imperative to give your heating system the attention it needs as soon as you can. Otherwise, it might break down at the worst possible time and catch you off-guard.
Although DIY HVAC maintenance is generally off-limits to average homeowners, Dave’s Heat and Air attests that some tasks are safe for non-professionals. Do these post-holiday upkeep duties to keep your furnace and air conditioner in good shape:
Go outside and rid the outdoor condenser unit of obstructions. This half of your heating and cooling system needs proper clearance for adequate ventilation and optimum performance.
Remove any debris or vegetation surrounding it. If you have pets, Dave’s Heat and Air recommends barricading your outdoor equipment. A fence can suffice to keep your furry friend at bay.
Clean Vents and Registers
Any 24 hour AC company would say that dirty vents and registers could affect your home’s indoor air quality. Although they’re located indoors, they easily get filthy because houses are full of microscopic contaminants that are constantly airborne.
Vacuuming does work, but you may need to a brush or sponge to get rid of tough deposits. Allow everything to dry before re-installation and avoid dropping anything into the ducts.
Change the Air Filter
You need to clean or replace your HVAC air filter once every 90 days. If you have a lot of companions inside the house, including pets, you may need to change it more frequently.
When buying a new air filter, be particular with the size to avoid obstructing the airflow. Consider investing in a high-efficiency, washable product to help improve your indoor air quality and save money.
Install Fresh Thermostat Batteries
Make sure your thermostat always has good batteries. You wouldn’t want to invite an emergency air conditioner service technician over due to a false alarm. Replacing thermostat batteries as well as checking the settings can prevent many HVAC issues.
If you can’t solve your furnace or air conditioner problem with your troubleshooting skills, call in Dave’s Heat and Air. Call us at (972) 435-0303 to request for service at your convenient time.