To keep the air in your house clean and prolong the life of your HVAC system, it’s a smart idea to hire an HVAC company to inspect and perform maintenance on your system once or twice a year. However, there’s a lot of preventative measures homeowners can take as well to ensure their systems are working efficiently and effectively.
Below are 6 tips to help you get up to speed on your HVAC maintenance plan; some of these tips you can implement immediately, others only need to be done seasonally. Not only will these tips keep your HVAC system in good working condition, they’re also about creating a healthy living environment at home – something that’s close to our hearts at Tronovus.
1. Keep your floors clean
Keeping dust and allergens at a low level to prevent these airborne particles from entering your HVAC system is one of the easiest things you can do reduce efficiency losses. Not only does it reduce particle build up in your HVAC system over time, it makes your home easier to breathe in. To keep your home as healthy as possible, keep your floors clean – vacuum or wash your floors every 2 days. If you have carpet, consider vacuuming every day to keep dirt at a minimum.
2. Replace your filters frequently
How often you should change your air filter depends on the type of filter you have, however, many HVAC experts recommend replacing your filter every 90 days or so. Check your filter on a monthly basis – if it looks dark and dirty, you should probably change it.
3. Program and automate your thermostat
Setting up a programmable thermostat to keep your HVAC system off when you’re not at home can save up to 70% on your energy bill. A programmable thermostat can also help save money on air conditioning, furnace, and heat pump costs. A new age thermostat, like NEST, is probably one of the fastest and simplest ways to get started.
4. Keep your windows closed
Although opening the windows can be nice to let fresh air into your home, be sure to keep them closed on blustery days when strong winds will circulate excess dust throughout your home and increase the amount of dirty particles in your heating or cooling system. Additionally, your system won’t have to work as hard to compensate for the excess hot or cool air coming in through the window.
5. Brush your animals frequently
If you own animals, brush them frequently outside or in your garage. Doing so will reduce dead hair and dander from entering your return duct system and unnecessarily clogging up filters faster than usual – not to mention, your pets will appreciate it!
6. Replace UV germicidal lamps annually
A germicidal lamp is a special lamp that produces ultraviolet light to kill bacteria in the air and should be replaced once a year to maintain its effectiveness. Airborne germs can aggravate allergies and promote transmission of viruses, like influenza.
In conclusion, just like any other system or machine, your HVAC system requires attention and maintenance. Like changing the oil in your car, you need to take care of your comfort system at home. Doing so will keep your home healthy and keep your energy bill under control.
What HVAC maintenance tips do you have?