What Should I Do In Between HVAC Maintenance Appointments?
As a member of our Maintenance Program, you already enjoy your regular HVAC tune-ups. But you typically don’t consider what to do in between. So today we’ll explore some easy optional tasks that you could perform to help supplement our technicians’ hard work. For those of you who are not yet on our regular maintenance schedule, these ideas will help get your HVAC system on the right track with enhanced efficiency.
If you have regular filters, replace them at least every 30 days.
But also check them intermittently. If they look dark or clogged, go ahead and change them. If you have pets, you will also probably need to change them more frequently than usual.
Invest in a better filter if you haven’t already.
High-efficiency media filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to grab the tiniest particles – even dust mites and bacteria.
Make room around outdoor units.
Make sure there is at least two feet of clearance around the outdoor units of air conditioning or heat pump systems.
In the spring and summer, you will want to remove twigs and pollen build-up weekly from your outdoor units. In the fall, clear the leaves that have inevitably fallen around your unit.
Inspect insulation on refrigeration lines.
You’ll want to inspect the insulation on your refrigeration lines leading into your house on a monthly basis. Replace if damaged or missing.
Make sure your unit is level.
Ensure that your outdoor units and their pads stay on firm, level ground and are not leaning.
Stave off clogs.
Install Pan Pad in the indoor coil pan to prevent a nasty build-up of mold and algae.
Never close off more than 20% of a home’s registers.
Closing the vents in your home puts a strain on the HVAC system and causes it to work extra hard which not only increases your energy bill but also wears your system out faster.
Replace the battery…
in your home’s carbon monoxide detector and smoke detectors as recommended.
Need help with any of these tasks? Your professionals at MSCO will be happy to assist with anything you may need to keep your home comfortable. Let us know how we can help you today.