Every spring and fall, it is a good idea to have your HVAC system inspected to insure it’s operating efficiently. We all know that inspecting and changing air filters is the easiest way to keep our HVAC systems in good shape, but you can do even more to keep energy and repair costs down. Why spend more money than you need to on the HVAC system? Take a look at these quick tips for proper maintenance of your unit that you can do yourself to avoid costly repairs or high energy bills.
Invest in a High Efficiency Pleated Air Filter
Taking this simple step can save you a great deal of money on your energy bills and help keep your family healthy. Available from most local hardware and home improvement stores, high efficiency pleated air filters will block even the finest airborne particles to keep your family safe from contaminants. Although they come with a higher price tag, they will help to reduce repair and maintenance costs. These filters are also durable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Keep Your AC and Heating Units Clear of Leaves and Other Debris
If your unit is outside, make sure to do a walk-around inspection to find and remove anything blocking airflow to the unit. Leaves and garbage can not only damage your unit but also decrease the unit’s efficiency, raising your energy bills. Keeping the unit clean helps to maintain maximum airflow to the fan of your unit, increasing the efficiency and lifespan. You can remove this debris periodically using gloves or a hose as needed.
Keep Two Feet of Space Around Outdoor AC and Heating Units
Those periodic walk-around inspections area much easier when you have at least 2 feet of space around the unit. Having a clear area also helps to keep your units running efficiently. Allowing for maximum air flow around your unit, this extra space will help to reduce your energy and repair costs, keeping you and your family in a comfortably cool or warm home, depending on the season.
Check for Leaks in Your Ductwork
For your indoor furnace or AC units, it’s a good idea to periodically examine the ductwork. Make sure there are no gaps, leaks, or areas where the warm or cold air might be escaping. If you aren’t sure what to look for, ask the HVAC technician the next time they come to do routine maintenance on your system. They can walk around with you and show you what to look for in your duct system.
Keeping your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently can be as simple as replacing filters, keeping your system clear of crud, and doing period inspections. Repairing or replacing the unit is costly, and a dirty unit is less efficient, causing excessively high energy bills. By taking steps to keep these issues to a minimum, you will keep more money in your pocket. You’ll also keep you and your family cool in the summer and warm in the winter.