One of the most important systems in the home is the HVAC system. The heating and cooling system maintains the temperature inside your home and keeps your family comfortable. Proper HVAC maintenance keeps your heating and air conditioning system running efficiently. Regular upkeep helps you avoid costly repairs, prolongs the system’s life, and reduces your monthly utility bills. Here are four ways to maintain your HVAC system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Maintenance

HVAC tune-ups should be scheduled for your system twice yearly, once in the spring and once in the fall. During these maintenance checks, an HVAC maintenance professional will thoroughly inspect, troubleshoot, and service your system to help it work efficiently. Regular maintenance will also help prevent breakdowns.

Replace HVAC Filters Regularly

The filters in your heating and air conditioning system remove dust, pollen, pet dander, and other particles from the air, so irritants aren’t circulated through your home. Clean HVAC filters improve indoor air quality and allow the system to run efficiently. 

To keep the system running smoothly, check the HVAC filter every month. Unless you have allergies or pets in the house, most filters only need to be changed every 90 days.

Eliminate Clutter Around the Outside Unit

Keeping the area around the outside HVAC unit will improve air quality, safety, and efficiency. The more clutter around the unit, the more likely dust and debris will enter the vent system.

A cluttered space around the components will result in poor air circulation, reducing the system’s overall efficiency. The system can overheat if the airflow is obstructed, potentially becoming a fire hazard.

HVAC Maintenance: Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat reduces energy usage and lower utility bills by allowing you to pre-set temperatures for different times of the day. Set the thermostat to adjust the temperature just before you arrive home. When set on a schedule, the unit will run less, and the system will last longer.

These HVAC maintenance tips will help keep your heating and cooling system running smoothly. Your home will feel more comfortable year-round, and you’ll need fewer repairs.

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