Maintaining the HVAC system in your Chesapeake, Virginia, home is a vital part of preserving your family’s comfort. Forgoing regular maintenance will result in higher energy bills, more breakdowns and a premature replacement. While you should leave most HVAC maintenance tasks to a trained professional, there are some you can safely complete yourself. Here are four of them:
Change the Air Filter
The filter in your HVAC system has an important job. It keeps particle pollutants from collecting in the unit and recirculating in your home’s air supply. If it clogs and you don’t change it, your HVAC system will strain, increasing your energy bills and the risk of a breakdown. Check the filter every 30 days, and replace it no longer than every 90 days.
Clear Around the Outdoor Unit
The area around your HVAC system’s outdoor unit needs to remain clear of any debris like branches. Take time once a week to check the area. Trim brush so that there are at least two feet of clearance around your outdoor unit, and remove any twigs on top of it.
Clean the Supply Vents
Take a moment to check all the supply vents around your home. Is there anything blocking them? Blockages can strain your HVAC system by not allowing air to flow freely. Move the items so the vents have plenty of space to deliver conditioned air. Also, use this time to wipe each vent with a wet cloth to remove any buildup of dirt and dust.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Performing these simple tasks will help your HVAC system operate at peak efficiency. But to maximize performance and save even more money, schedule preventive maintenance for your air conditioner in the spring and your heater in the fall. Contact Fair Mechanical today to learn more about our preventive HVAC maintenance services.