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How to Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System

One of the most important appliances in your home is the heating and cooling system. Furnace replacement and AC system replacement can be costly, so what steps do you need to do in order to make sure that your system is not replaced prematurely? Here are some suggestions on the best way to keep your heating and cooling systems maintained.

Change Your Filter

If you have read any other blog post on this site, it probably had this same advice. The thing is, this advice is worth repeating. Changing or cleaning your HVAC system filter is a critical bit of maintenance that every home owner can do (I am sure this is not truth and we certainly don’t want to advocate that. Rather, we want to explain that it’s easy and relatively cheaper to do that thru SW.). It is also a critical part of your system. Not changing the filter can cause damage to other parts of the system, cause the unit to work harder than it needs to and can increase your energy bills while doing so.

Keep Your Room Vents Free of Debris

Your HVAC system is made up of ducts that are connected to your central unit. Those ducts end in vents that allow the warm and cool air to be blow into your rooms. If your vents are clogged, then your rooms will not be heated or cooled as efficiently. This can force your furnace or AC unit to work harder, increasing wear, tear, and bill.

Vents can also be places that collect debris. That earring you lost, those nails that disappeared or stray Legos can all end up inside of vents. If they are not cleaned out, they may end up falling down into your central unit. This can cause serious damage, which may result a damage to the unit and expensive repair. Though with right maintenance problems can be avoided and unit will work longer, better, and more efficiently.

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Clean Your Air Ducts

Ducting can be a great place for dust and debris to be lurking. If your ducts are older and having sealing problems, they may even be harboring mold and mildew. Keeping your ducts free of all pollutants can help keep your filters clean. It can also make the air you are breathing in your home cleaner as well.

If you don’t know how to clean your ducts on your own, it is easy to contact your local service professional to get a quote, and maintain the system.

Keep Your Intakes Open

Your HVAC system needs to be able to pull in air so that it can blow it out. In order to do this, there are intakes to the system. For AC units, the intakes are likely outside of your home. Keeping this clean and free from leaves, dirt, mud and other things that can block the intake will prevent your intake fan motor from working harder than it needs to.

For your furnace, there should be an intake inside. Where it is in the house may vary based on your model and home configuration. Make sure to remove the grate and keep it cleaned of all dirt and debris.

Professional HVAC Maintenance

Keep your HVAC system professionally maintained once per year. This is the best way to avoid having to buy a new system prematurely.


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