We’ve all been there before- stuck in the cold due to a broken furnace right when the cool season is starting and scouring Google for answers, only hoping to avoid costly furnace repairs!
So why spend your time waiting around, praying that luck is on your side? Setting up an HVAC maintenance plan ahead of time, along with some simple DIY maintenance solutions of your own, could save you on surprise repairs and dreaded moments of discomfort.
Although an HVAC maintenance plan is the best way to extend the life of your heating system, there are still a few basic upkeep requirements you’ll need to perform yourself for optimal performance.
In this article, we are going to be going over several furnace care tips (to pair with your maintenance plan) that will help keep your system running smoothly and your home warm all winter long.
Let’s begin with the most basic but vital part of HVAC care- air filters.
Air filters are the filtration system for all of the airflow that moves through your HVAC system. Because of this, it’s common for debris, pet dander, dust, etc. to get trapped in your filter and restrict your system’s air-flow.
To avoid air filter clogs and build-up, it is important to change your old filter out for a new one at least once a month. Properly caring for your air filter will not only improve your system’s overall operation but also improve your indoor air quality (IAQ).
Keeping all of your HVAC system’s airways clean and clear is very important, which means that your vents need to stay nice and tidy as well. The vents in your home are the last spaces that heated air from your furnace travels through before going out into the open air of your home.
If your vents (like your air filters) are dirty or clogged with dander, dust, and other allergens, its only getting spread throughout your home every time your furnace kicks on. Keeping all filtration and ventilation areas of your HVAC system clean will improve heating performance, equipment longevity, and the cleanliness of your IAQ.
Thermostat settings are always important. Your thermostat works as the central nervous system of your home’s entire HVAC system, controlling your comfort and energy use.
If the settings on your thermostat are improperly managed and causing your furnace to over excerpt itself, it leaves a lot of room for equipment malfunctions, insufficient heating cycles, and high electric bills. Be sure to talk to your HVAC technician about where your settings should be for your home’s furnace performance.
For a little extra precaution, you can always purchase a cover for your outdoor AC unit when you know you are turning on your furnace and the air conditioner will not be in use for the rest of the season. A unit cover is just a simple way to shield your outdoor unit from debris build-up while it’s in the dormant stages of the year.
Your maintenance plan is the other half of caring for your HVAC system. Although you are following the steps above to care for your heating and cooling equipment, it is still very important to let the professionals do their part as well. This is where seasonal checks and tune-ups come in to ensure that your equipment stays up and running properly throughout all seasons.
Madd Air Heating & Cooling’s Diamond Club Maintenance Agreement is a sure-fire way to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient all year long. Caring for a furnace and air conditioning unit takes a lot more than basic cleanings and at-home care, you are going to need professional support! Call Us Today, and start the cool season off right- Warm!