Maintaining an efficient heating and cooling system in your home can be a complex task, but it doesn’t always require a professional’s touch. While Payne Air Conditioning & Heating is always there to lend a professional hand, there are also some basic routine care tasks homeowners can perform to keep their HVAC systems working at their best. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Keep The Outdoor Unit Clean: Leaves, plants, and dirt can clog your outdoor unit and reduce its performance. Regularly clearing away debris can ensure your system runs more efficiently. But BE CAREFUL, turn off your system before starting the cleaning process to avoid any injury.
2. Regular Reflex Inspection: Weekly examinations of the heating or cooling system, paying particular attention to any change in sound or readying check lights could help in identifying potential technical challenges before getting worse.
3. Change Your Filters Regularly: One of the simplest tasks you can perform is replacing your system’s air filter. Dirty filters can drastically reduce the efficiency of your system and lead to poor indoor air quality. It is advisable to change your filters every 90 days, or sooner for homes with pets or occupants with respiratory conditions.
4. Maintain Ductwork: Over time, ductwork can develop leaks or damage that reduces the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system. Regularly inspect your ductwork for signs of wear and damage, and consider having it inspected by a professional every few years.
5. Arrange Professional Check-ups: Even with diligent DIY care, it’s crucial to schedule a visit from a professional technician at least once a year. They’ll be able to perform in-depth checks and services that can’t be achieved at home, provide advice on system optimization, and address any potential issues before they become significant problems.
By following these tips, you can extend the life of your Payne heating and cooling system and improve the comfort of your home. Often the smart thing to do is to call up the pros when things go wrong, but mild preventive care can go a long way. Even the smallest effort to keeping your system clean and efficient can save not only money but also potential future discomfort.