Taking care of your HVAC system isn’t on the top of home owner’s priorities, until something goes wrong. Taking care of your HVAC system will save you money on your utility bills and make your system run more efficient and last longer.
Here is what we recommend home owners should do to maintain their HVAC system.
First, you should have your system inspected every year by a professional. This is best done in the beginning of certain seasons when your system will be taxed more than usual. A professional HVAC tech will inspect your furnace and replace filters and look for loose fittings. They also inspect the ductwork and fix any small problems before they grow.
Beyond the walkthrough, you should also do your part to keep the whole system clean. That means doing the following:
- Cleaning vents monthly with a damp rag or a vacuum hose. Dust and debris accumulates and makes the air harder to breathe with pollutants and allergens.
- During the heating and cooling seasons, inspect your air filters monthly. Clean and/or replace them when they are visibly dirty, or according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Once a season, take time to clean your furnace room. Sweep out debris that could get sucked into the intake and check to see that fittings are clean and rust-free. Similarly, clean the area around an outside air handler if you have an outdoor air conditioning or heat pump system.
- Program your thermostat to turn heating and cooling down during the hours that no one is home.
Keep your home clean and clear of dust and dirty. Vacuum carpets and dust hard surfaces often. Less dust in the home means less dust in the ventilation system.
Taking a few minutes to take care of your furnace can keep your whole HVAC system running smooth and save you money in the long run.
Call Glover Plumbing, the Utah plumbing experts to get your furnace tuned-up to make your home comfortable.