Your HVAC system needs to be maintained in order to continue to create a comfortable, healthy and safe environment. Now that summer is quickly approaching, you need to make sure that your HVAC system is up to date and able to run efficiently. You don’t want to get stuck in one of the heat waves of summer and have your HVAC unable to run properly. Here are some maintenance tips for your HVAC system.
First off, your filters should be cleaned or replaced every month. This might seem a lot, but consider all of the dust particles that will build up on the filters over time. Once a month is ideal for a cleaning to get rid of the dirt and dust so that you aren’t breathing in these particles that can cause harm to your body. Replacing filters should only be needed every six months if you keep them clean every month.
Avoid mold growth by cleaning and disinfecting the evaporator coils. A simple solution such as bleach and water will effectively destroy and possible mold growth. The coils are a great breeding ground for mold, so keeping it clean will help you from breathing in harmful mold. Make sure the system is turned off while you clean it for safety reasons.
Check the HVAC system fans to make sure they are not accumulating dirt which can decrease air flow and efficiency. Before you inspect the fans, turn off the system and then clean it with a wet cloth. This is going to help the system run more efficiently as you remove and dirt and debris that could be building up in the fans, producing less air flow.
Besides maintaining your HVAC system on your own, you should also consider having a professional HVAC technician review your system every couple of years. A regular maintenance plan will help keep your system clean and even more efficient than your monthly upkeep. A professional can get to the little cracks and nooks that you might be unable to get to, getting more of the dust and dirt that has accumulated over time.
Your HVAC system is your life saver on those hot summer days. Without it running properly you are wasting money on your electricity bills and having the system run more than necessary. By keeping up on maintenance on your own and with a professional, you can extend the life of your HVAC system while keeping you comfortable.