How to Make Your HVAC System Work for You

October 23, 2018
The HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system in your home is vital to the comfort level and health of your space. Throughout the year, it is important to keep up with maintaining your system so that problems are prevented and repair costs are limited.  Make your HVAC system work for you and ensure a smooth running system all year long.
Your home’s HVAC system needs to follow a specific and professional installation; an expert should have the proper training and experience in order to provide you with the best product possible and the best follow-up maintenance.
A twice-yearly check by a pro is a great way to make sure everything is running smoothly and ensure that your HVAC system is working for you. Here is what a typical maintenance check may look like.

Thermostat Check

A quality thermostat can aid in control of humidity and temperature in your home. The system’s thermostat should be running efficiently when you are home and away so that your space is comfortable and energy-saving. A programmable thermostat is a great way to ensure you are making the best use of your system.

Condensate Drain Inspection

Air passes through the cooling coil of your AC, the temperature lowers and moisture fills the condensate drain pan. If the drain becomes plugged, water damage can occur in your home and start to have an impact on humidity levels inside.

Filter Replacement

Dirty filters can be a hindrance to your HVAC system, increasing energy costs and causing damage to equipment. You may be able to do this yourself, as this should be done every month during warmer seasons. The type of filter will be specific to your home’s unit. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, a monthly change is needed if you run your unit 6 months or more, you have pets, or allergies are a problem.

General Cleaning

The unit and its parts, including the blower component and condenser coils, should be cleaned so that air flow is running efficiently. Dirty coils can cause your HVAC system to run longer, which may drive up energy costs. Dampers keep compressors running when the 
temperature drops and should be cleaned and lubricated during a check-up.

Tighten Connections

All accessories and controls should be tightened so that attachments are working properly. Fittings should be adjusted to the right tightness so that loose connections do not cause a dangerous situation in your home. Corroded or frayed connections should be repaired as well.
Always go with a professional who has a reputation for quality service when you are looking for an expert technician. Ask for references and check with the BBB to make sure you are working with the best company or individual.
Regular maintenance on your home’s HVAC system can save you costly repairs in the future and will make for a more comfortable space. In the same way you have regular check-ups on your vehicle, a yearly or twice yearly check of your home’s cooling and heating system is worth the investment.


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