Ceiling Fan Q & AAugust 23, 2020
Happy Labor Day!September 6, 2020
Maintaining something is usually cheaper and easier than fixing or replacing it. The same holds true for your HVAC system. Proper maintenance can extend the life of your system and help it to perform optimally. Fall is a good time to go through the maintenance checklist and make sure your HVAC system is in good shape. There are a few things you can do yourself now, before the cold weather sets in, to keep things running smoothly.
1.) Check and replace your air filters often. The general rule is every 30 to 90 days or more often if you have pets who shed. Haven’t checked those filters in awhile? There’s no time like the present.
2.) Keep your heating and cooling units free of debris. This means, the outside part of your air conditioner should be kept clear of leaves and dirt so that nothing can impede the air flow. You may even need to hose off certain parts to clear the dirt and debris. For your furnace unit, which may be located in your basement, it should be kept free of excessive dust, pet hair or any other obstacle that impedes air flow and proper functioning of the unit.
3.) Air registers. It’s important to keep your registers free of dust and debris that inhibits proper air flow. Use a vacuum to clean dust and pet hair that may be blocking the registers. It only takes a few minutes but can help your unit to function much more effectively.
4.) Listen for unusual noises. If you’ve lived in your house for any amount of time, you know which noises are normal and which are not. If you hear an unusual noise when you turn on your air or furnace, try to locate it to see if it’s a simple fix. (Hint: don’t wait until the weather gets cold to turn on your furnace for a test run. It’s easier to have your furnace fixed before the cold months hit. Turn it on for a few minutes and make sure it is running properly without any weird noises.)
5.) Know when to call in a pro. When there is a problem with your air or furnace that you can neither identify nor solve on your own, but it is affecting the operation of your system, it’s time to call a pro.
Peter Needham is available 24/7 and he is a professional with over 30 years of experience!