Imagine a scorching hot summer day. You get home from work and all you want to do is get inside your nicely cooled home, but uh oh! You get home only to discover that the A/C is broken and your house is hotter than an oven! Or imagine the vice-versa, coming home on a cold winter day, looking forward to the warmth of your cozy home, but realize the heat is broken.
Avoid surprise breakdowns and early wear by properly maintaining your HVAC system. HVAC maintenance doesn’t require a ton of work, but its key to keep up with the little check-ups every once in a while. Here’s how to properly care for your HVAC system:
Once a month
Change air filters
Dirty filters can damage the equipment and will require your HVAC system to work harder, therefore increasing your energy costs. If you’re not sure how to change the air filter, ask your contractor for instructions or schedule monthly check-ups or maintenance programs.
Twice a year
Schedule a pre-season tune-up
Have your contractor check your heating system before winter comes and your cooling system before summer comes. They’ll typically tighten electrical connections, adjust components, and check controls, drains, settings, and more. For a complete list of tasks you should expect your HVAC contractor to complete during biannual tune-ups, visit Energy Star’s HVAC Maintenance Checklist.
Seeing as HVAC contractors get very busy in the summer and winter, make a point to schedule those check ups in the spring and fall. Ask your contractor about seasonal maintenance programs and other ways you can save money on maintenance and check-ups.
Before your contractor arrives, make sure you’re able to answer the following questions. This will help speed up the tune-up process and get you the service you need.
-How old is the system?
-When was the last time you had it serviced? The last time you had the air filters changed?
-Are your energy bills higher than normal?
For a complete list of things to consider and bring up with your HVAC contractor, check out Home Depot’s HVAC maintenance page.
On a regular basis
Know what to look for
Know the warning signs that your HVAC system is either broken or on its way out. Keep an out for these warning signs and tend to them as soon as you notice them. This will prevent problems from worsening. To find local HVAC experts in your area at competitive rates, search PCN’s exclusive listings.