Neglecting your HVAC unit can be a costly mistake. With regular attention, you can ensure your unit is in peak condition and free of any problems. If problems do occur, catching them in a timely manner can prevent further damage which can prolong the life of your HVAC unit and save you money. Take a look at these monthly maintenance tips to see how you can keep your system healthy all year long.
Clean Air Vents
Air vents are a crucial part of your HVAC system. These are the metal plates delivering air into your home. Dirt and dust buildup can block air and weaken your ducts. Vacuuming or wiping down your air vents each month can improve air circulation in your home and improve air quality.
Air filters generally need replacing every 30-60 days. Leaving dirty filters in your HVAC system can raise your utility bill, cause poor air circulation, trigger allergies, and make your system work harder to maintain your home’s temperature. Checking to see if your air filters are dirty each month is highly recommended.
Observe Changes in Your System
Taking regular notice of your HVAC system can prevent any major issues from occurring. Here are a few ways that you can check your system for any changes and give them immediate attention to prevent further damage:
- Listen for strange sounds
- Inspect for leaks
- Ensure the temperature is consistent and accurate
- Double-check bills for normality
- Be aware of your home’s humidity levels
- Check for any weird or lingering smells
Tidy Around Your Outdoor Unit
Outdoor units that are exposed to the elements should be regularly checked. Dirt and debris can easily build up around your HVAC system and block airflow. Cutting foliage, blowing leaves, or removing dirt surrounding your system will allow it to continue to function at optimum capacity.
Regular preventative maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your HVAC system. On top of your annual maintenance visits, use these tips to avoid costly repairs. If you notice anything abnormal as you complete your regular maintenance and checks, give the experts at Canady’s a call!