As the weather begins to warm up, now is the time to start thinking about maintenance for your HVAC. Your HVAC works hard to keep you comfortable all year long, and a little bit of care can go a long way in prolonging its life.
Here are six maintenance tips from the experts at Comfort Hounds Heating & Cooling:
1. Change your air filter regularly.
This is one of the simplest and most important things you can do to maintain your HVAC. A dirty air filter will impede airflow and make your system work harder, which can lead to costly repairs down the line.
We recommend changing your air filter every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter you have and the amount of pets and other allergens in your home.
2. Keep an eye on your thermostat.
Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, so it’s important to make sure it’s working properly.
If you notice that your home isn’t maintaining a consistent temperature, or if your energy bills seem higher than usual, give us a call and we can take a look at your thermostat.
3. Clean your ductwork.
Dirty ductwork can circulate dust and other allergens through your home, making it difficult for people with allergies or asthma to breathe. It can also make your HVAC system work harder than necessary, leading to increased energy costs and shortened equipment life.
We recommend having your ductwork cleaned every 3-5 years, depending on the number of occupants in your home and whether anyone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma.
4. Inspect your outdoor unit.
Your outdoor unit needs clear access to air in order to function properly. Check around your unit periodically to make sure there isn’t any debris blocking the airflow, and trim back any bushes or trees that might be encroaching on it.
5. Schedule preventive maintenance.
Just like any other piece of machinery, your HVAC system needs regular tune-ups to keep it running smoothly. Our preventive maintenance packages include a thorough inspection of your entire system, cleaning of key components, and adjustment of settings as needed. This service can help you avoid costly repairs down the road and keep your energy bills low all season long.
6. Call us for help!
We are here to help you with all of your HVAC needs, big or small. Whether you need a new air filter or a complete system replacement, our team of certified professionals is here to help. Give us a call at 919-261-7670 today!