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Keeping Your HVAC Unit Efficient

Some Advice from Our HVAC Company

HVAC maintenance

For many homeowners, your HVAC unit is something you depend on every summer and winter. In return for keeping you comfortable, you should make sure that it’s operating efficiently. There are a few maintenance tips you can perform to do so, such as:

  • Every month, inspect your outdoor unit and remove any debris such as leaves or twigs. Also check the base pan (underneath the unit) and remove any debris if necessary.
  • Replace your air filter every 1-3 months (more often if you have pets, less often if you don’t) to allow the air to flow through freely.
  • Before you turn your air conditioner on for the summer, clean the fan blades and coils of your outdoor unit – dirty blades and coils can make your unit run longer than necessary. Just remember to turn off the power before doing so.
  • Keep outdoor foliage at least two feet away from the sides and the top of your HVAC unit.
  • Each season, clean the evaporator coil on your indoor HVAC unit to allow it to easily move air through your home. Make sure the coil is dry, then use a vacuum cleaner with a brush to remove dirt from it.
  • Keep your temperature set at a few degrees warmer during the summer and a few degrees cooler during the winter. Not only will you save money on your energy bills, your HVAC unit won’t have to work as hard.
  • Invest in a form-fitting, heavy-duty cover for your condenser unit to protect it in the winter.
  • Regularly check the refrigerant level of your HVAC unit and make sure it’s at the right level. If it’s not, your unit won’t work efficiently and its lifespan may be shortened.
  • Check the gas and oil connections of your furnace and fix any faulty connections that could become a fire hazard.
  • Each season, have a licensed HVAC service expert inspect your indoor and outdoor units to make sure they’re ready to go.
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