From small residential HVAC systems to large commercial units, it’s imperative that you engage in regular maintenance and timely repairs to ensure a longer lifespan. Check out these easy ways you can reduce stress on your HVAC system so it runs more efficiently.
1. Replace the Filter
Hands down, this is the easiest way to ensure a more efficient HVAC unit without shelling out a lot of money. When dust and debris get into your system and clog it, this forces your system to work harder, which expends more energy and stresses out the components. Your first clue may be a spike in energy bills.
Clean or change your filters on a regular basis, ideally every few months. You may want to increase this frequency in summer when the pollen count is high or if you live near a construction site.
2. Check on Ventilation
Ventilation is key to ensuring your HVAC system is working efficiently and in making you as comfortable as possible in your home.
Proper ventilation circulates hot or cold air throughout the structure, so check your unit frequently to make sure it’s unblocked, clean and open.
- Indoors: There should be enough clearance for the return air grills. Make sure the air can easily flow in and out of all vents and returns. If it can’t, this blockage could be hindering air quality and system efficiency.
- Outdoors: Clear your air supply ducts of plants and wildlife. If blocked, the unit won’t be able to draw in the air it needs, leading to poor circulation.
3. Inspect the Unit
Just like you would any component of your home, regularly inspect your HVAC system – ideally once a month. Be sure to check:
- Registers, returns, and thermostats
- Thermostat’s battery status
- Condensate system for drainage
- All registers for mold
- That the filter access and cabinet door are closed and secure
- That the flue system is attached and intact
- That all registers and returns are open and clear
- That the outdoor unit is level
4. Clean the Coils
If your HVAC unit is located outside, it’s especially important to regularly clean the coils in summer. This will clear it of vegetation, nests, pollen and debris. If the small grooves in the coils get caked with debris, this build-up will lead to inefficient operation. Use a garden hose to give the coils a quick wash.
Heeding the above tips will help lower the stress that is placed on your HVAC system throughout the year. Don’t neglect regular maintenance, cleaning, and repair by a qualified HVAC professional in Roseville to better protect your investment and prolong its life.
Contact Warm or Breezy Heating & Cooling Heating and Cooling
For help with regular maintenance and repairs on your HVAC system, contact us at (586) 335-3044.