You perform regular maintenance on other appliances in your home, such as cleaning the refrigerator or the stove, but have you thought about your HVAC system? Your heating and air conditioning systems in your home also need to be maintained in order to keep them running as they should and prevent premature breakdowns. Regular maintenance of your systems can be done by any homeowner, although you can hire a professional to do the work for you. Read on for reasons why routine maintenance of your HVAC systems is important.
Lower Monthly Energy Bills
Maintaining your HVAC systems will help prevent costly energy bills. This is because your system will run efficiently if maintained. An efficient system is one that cycles properly and doesn't turn on and back off immediately or runs constantly trying to keep up with heating or cooling your home. These monthly bills can all add up and leave you spending quite a bit of money unnecessarily.
Improved Air Quality
A maintained HVAC system can improve the air quality in your home. If your system is not clean it can lead to more dander and dust in the air, which can affect those that have breathing issues such as asthma or allergies. Poor air quality can also lead to more respiratory illnesses as well.
Maintaining your systems can lengthen the life of your furnace and air conditioning systems and prevent costly repairs over time. If you are not maintaining your systems, you may notice that you have more breakdowns. Some breakdowns may actually end up causing you to replace your system much sooner than you anticipated. On average a furnace and air conditioner last about 15 - 18 years. Make them last this long by performing routine maintenance.
If you're ready to maintain your HVAC system to reap the benefits of these maintenance tasks, see below for what needs to be done.
- Clean Your Units. Your furnace and air conditioner both need to be cleaned before, after and during the season. Vacuum your furnace with a shop vacuum or vacuum extension hose. Spray your condensing unit outside with the garden hose to remove dirt and other debris.
- Vacuum Your Vents. Wash and vacuum your vents including the returns and floor vents. Open up the vents and vacuum inside as well.
- Change The Air Filter. Replace the air filter in your system to keep dust and dander out of your home and to prevent a breakdown of your system.
Routine maintenance is important and should be done to keep your systems running like new. Speak with local HVAC contractors for more help.