Your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning unit, or HVAC, is key to your comfort all through the year. For such an important piece of equipment, many people don’t think about it or its maintenance until something goes wrong. Instead of being caught wrong-footed during a heatwave, follow these three recommendations for keeping your unit in top working condition all year long.
Invest in Annual Maintenance
You wouldn’t drive your car for thousands and thousands of miles without an oil change or checking the belts, but that’s exactly what you’re doing to your HVAC unit if you don’t have annual maintenance done. If you’re not sure where to start, look up companies that do cooling installations Hudson FL or wherever you’re located. Most of them will also do maintenance. Pick the time of year when they aren’t busy and you can get any fixes done quickly before it gets too hot or cold, when all the people who don’t do maintenance are calling for emergency repairs.
Change Your Filters
The easiest thing you can do to keep your system in good working order is remembering to change your air filters. Dirty air filters reduce the airflow through the system, forcing your system to work harder, raising your electric bill. Besides cost savings, clean air filters mean the air you breathe is cleaner. Air filters help remove dust and pollen from the air. Replace your filters at least every 90 days or follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Check Your Unit
When your unit is on the ground, it is prone to having debris caught in the fins. This unit includes the condenser, compressor and fan to disperse the heat collected from your house. Make sure there are two feet of free space on every side. Whether the unit is on the ground or the roof the condensing fins can get clogged up with dirt. About four times a year you should hose down the unit to remove dirt and increase efficiency.
Follow these three recommendations and you reduce the chance you’ll find yourself without climate control when it really matters.