Maintaining Your Heating and Cooling Systems – Why Important?
There are a variety of heating and cooling systems available today. But the need to properly maintain whichever system(s) you have is the same across the board. You have invested a lot of money into your system(s). Whether you installed the system(s) since you’ve owned the property or you have purchased a property that had pre-existing system(s), you’ve paid for them. As with any investment, you want your money to go as far as it can. The easiest and most important way you can do that with the heating and cooling in your home is to maintain it.
If you own a car, do you change the oil regularly? Why do you do this? 1) If you don’t the car will not work like it is supposed to. 2) If you never change the oil, the car will stop working. 3) You want your car to keep working, because that’s why you paid thousands of dollars for it.
That is the same reasoning behind why maintaining your heating and cooling system is so important. 1) Your home will not be heated and cooled efficiently, leaving you uncomfortable. 2) If you do not perform regular maintenance, your system will eventually stop working. 3) You want to have heat and air conditioning, that’s why you spent thousands of dollars to have it in your home.
Maintenance You Can Do Yourself
If your system has an air filter, change it regularly according to your HVAC Contractors suggestion. Some units require changing the filter every 1 to 3 months.
Some have a “split-system”, where some of the components are installed inside the home and some of the components are installed outside a home. If you have this type of system you can make sure to keep the components outside free of dirt and debris. The industry recommends that you keep vegetation from growing at least 2 feet away on all sides.
You can keep the grilles, or registers, clean of dust and dirt. Try to clean underneath or behind your grille, depending on where they are located (floor, ceiling, or wall). Vacuuming, dusting, or wiping away trapped dust will help prevent unnecessary build up in your system.
Depending on your confidence in your skill level, you could try cleaning an evaporator drain, the evaporator coil, and cleaning and straightening the fins on outside units. But make sure you do your research before tackling any DIY project you have not done before.
Know When to Call a Professional
If you are able to do all the above maintenance yourself, congratulations! But tasks, such as, checking combustion in gas or oil furnaces or ensuring there are no leaks in refrigerant lines, are still best left to the experts. It is recommended that you have a trained technician service your sytem(s) once a year to avoid any major issues. They be able to spot potential problems before you have to spend thousands on repairs. Have your HVAC system serviced by a trained technician once a year.
Let the Boys at Southern Maryland Boys HVAC help you protect your investment and ensure that your heating and cooling system(s) are functioning efficiently. Contact us to find out about what maintenance plans we offer!