If you have an individual HVAC system in your home, you need to get a maintenance check done at least twice a year, even if there are no apparent problems. Most experts recommend getting HVAC units serviced once in the spring (before the hot summer months, when your AC will be working in overdrive) and once in autumn (before winter, when your heater will likely be turned on around the clock). Below, we’ve put together a few tips that will help you keep your HVAC unit in top shape all through the year.
Use Good-Quality Filters
You need to change your filters at least every 60 days. 90 days is the most you should use your filters. But surprisingly, many people don’t follow this rule. While a clean filter can enhance the capability of your HVAC unit, a dirty filter will cause the equipment to work a lot harder to keep your home at a temperature that’s comfortable for you. Buying a new filter every couple of months may seem like an unnecessary expense, but you’ll likely be able to save a lot of money over time on energy costs and maintenance charges if you do this.
Clean the Debris Around the Unit
It’s often easy for debris to collect around the outside of your HVAC unit. Leaves can fall around it, dust can accumulate, and pollen can blow toward it during spring. Before you know it, you’ll be looking at all types of items building upon and around your HVAC system. To avoid this, make sure to clean around the unit at least once a month. This means you’ll need to remove leaves, dirt, twigs, and pollen from around or on top of your unit.
Keep Your HVAC Unit on Level Ground
If you need your HVAC system to work efficiently, it’s important that you place it on level ground and don’t keep it tilted. Every few months, you may need to take a look at your unit and make sure it hasn’t moved much. This is especially important if you’ve placed your system on pads.