A few months ago, my air conditioner completely died. I woke up in the middle of the night covered in sweat, and I didn't know what to do. The next day, I called an HVAC expert, and they came out to inspect my system. It turned out that it had failed because of filthy filters and a clogged return duct, which made me sick to my stomach. I had caused the problem, and I needed to learn how to fix things. My HVAC professional taught me a few easy maintenance techniques that I didn't know before, so that I could maintain my new system. Check out this blog to learn more about HVAC yourself.
It is that time of year again when the days start to get shorter, the leaves turn beautiful colors, and the temperature settings on your home's thermostat slowly start to make their way from air-conditioning to heat. While the crisp fall air may feel great after enduring a sweltering hot summer, the freezing cold temperatures associated with the winter season will soon be here. That is why right now is the perfect time to make sure your residential HVAC system is up to the challenge of keeping your home warm all winter long by taking the time to complete just a bit of pre-season maintenance.
Make Sure The Air Keeps Flowing
When it comes to keeping your HVAC system up and running, there are few things that are as important as ensuring your system is able to easily circulate the air inside your home. If this airflow is restricted, you can find yourself dealing with a wide variety of issues such as insufficient air pressure through your vents, hot or cold spots throughout your home, or even a full system failure. There are three main steps that you will need to take in order to maintain proper airflow.
First, you will want to make sure that you are not blocking any of your air return or air intake vents. If furniture has been placed over these vents, you may need to consider moving these items in order to allow for better access to the vent. If the vent is located on the floor, using a small riser under the legs of your furniture can lift it high enough for air to flow beneath without the need to move your furniture to a new location.
Next, you will want to take the time to clean or replace your air filter. This is very important since a clogged filter will greatly reduce the amount of air your system can take in and can result in dirt and debris making their way into your HVAC system.
Finally, you will want to ensure that your vents are free of any mold, mildew, dust, or other debris. This is a job that is best left to a professional, so you will need to contact your local HVAC contractor in order to schedule a vent cleaning service.
Make The Most Out Of Your Service Call
While you already have your HVAC contractor coming out to clean your ventilation system, now is a great time to also get an annual inspection done. As part of this maintenance service, your contractor will inspect your system for any signs of wear and tear or other types of damage. Catching minor problems early on can help to greatly minimize your repair costs and allow you to avoid more serious issues that can result in a system failure later in the season when you need your heat the most.Share
14 September 2021