Maintaining your home’s heating and air conditioning unit is important because replacing the unit is never cheap. In theory, your home’s HVAC unit should have a lifetime of 15-20 years. If you care for your HVAC properly, you will likely get closer to the 20-year mark.
However, not everyone is skilled in the art of caring for an HVAC unit. If you’re unsure as to how to properly take care of your heating and air conditioning unit, take a moment now to read through a brief look at some helpful tips for proper maintenance.
Call in the professionals for maintenance
There are some things your HVAC unit needs to remain in good working condition that you may not be able (or equipped) to handle on your own. For these tasks, you should call in the professionals to maintain your home’s heating and air conditioning unit.
Keep air filters clean
The air intake vents inside of your home are complemented with a filter that cleans your air of dander and debris before it is pumped back into the home. It’s important to keep your filters clean.
Dirty filters not only muck up your home’s air, but they can really put an extra strain on your HVAC unit. If you have a busy home with animals, change the filters once per month. A slower home environment without pets may only require a filter refresher every three months.
Clean debris from vents
It’s important that you pay attention to the vents inside of your home. The intake and blowing vents should always be kept free of debris and dust buildup.
It’s also key that you don’t block your home’s air vents with furniture or stuff. Keep the vents clean and free-flowing, so your HVAC unit will have no trouble properly heating and cooling your home.
Clean up your outdoor unit
Your HVAC system has an indoor and an outdoor unit. It’s important not to neglect the outdoor element of your system. Built-up dirt, leaves, and other debris on your outdoor unit can stifle the function of your system. The fan in the unit should regularly be cleaned of buildup and debris as well. Watch a short YouTube video to figure out how to easily access your unit’s fan for cleaning.
Keep the condensation line clear
Your air conditioning unit releases excess moisture through the condensation line. If you don’t clean it every once in a while, mold, mildew, and algae could build up in the line.
Blocking the condensation line could mean real trouble for your HVAC system and your home. Take the safe route, and make sure the line is clear every few months.