Your HVAC system helps you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Make sure that this important appliance is always functioning at peak efficiency by following these tips.
Clear the Area
Because plants that grow around your external HVAC unit soften the hard lines of the equipment and makes it blend in with the rest of the yard, you may not worry about allowing foliage to grow. Unfortunately, such growth can impede airflow making your system not function as efficiently. In addition, organic materials such as pollen, dead leaves, and even insects can get sucked into the unit and up in your home as allergens, assuming they don’t gum up the works first and prevent your HVAC system from running altogether. For better operations, always clear a space for at least three feet around all external components of your HVAC unit.
Clean and Unblock
Dirt, debris, and dust that gather in your HVAC system can aggravate allergies when blown into your rooms as well as prevent proper air flow. Keep your vents clean by continuously vacuuming them. If your vacuum hose can reach into the ductwork, keep that free of dirt as well. So that air can flow to all sides of a room, make sure that furniture, blinds, heavy curtains, or toys do not block the registers. If there are certain rooms you don’t use during a season, shut off the vents to them so you don’t waste energy.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Since you use your HVAC system at all hours of every day, it’s only natural to expect that it can wear down. Leave your unit without inspections long enough and you may experience system failures when you least want them such as in the middle of a heat wave. Get your system inspected by professionals at least once a year to ensure that there are no problems. Not only can trained experts spot small issues before they turn into big headaches, but they can also make any necessary repairs quickly. You can also ask them for any tips on helping to use your system more efficiently.
Inspect the Ductwork
The ducts are how the heated or cooled air goes from your HVAC unit to the interiors of your home. If these are exposed, such as in a loft, you may be able to visually inspect them for any leaks. Sadly, most ductwork is buried in the ceiling or walls, which makes inspection difficult. Contacting trained professionals to perform the inspection is the best option. They have special techniques and equipment to look at every inch. They can also spot issues that you’re unfamiliar with such as gaps in the ductwork, inadequate insulation, crushed or collapsed sections, and the growth of mold, which poses a health hazard.
Schedule your service for your HVAC system by contacting us at Guaranteed Services today.