Caring for Your HVAC System

Just as maintenance plays a vital role in the performance and longevity of your car, maintenance is also an important part of HVAC system function. Caring for your HVAC system will not only ensure it remains functioning efficiently today, but will also prolong its usable lifetime so you can continue to enjoy your investment for decades to come. HVAC maintenance tasks fall under three main categories: monthly, seasonal, and annual. Keep reading for a quick rundown of a few of the maintenance tasks you should complete for your Wilmington heating and cooling system.

Monthly Tasks

Most HVAC systems use a disposable filter, which screens out airborne particles when your heating or cooling system activates. This filter protects your HVAC system from dirt and dust buildup, while also improving the quality of your indoor air. Disposable filters should be removed and replaced every 30-90 days, depending on your household and the type of filter you use. Reusable filters should be washed, dried, and replaced on the same schedule to maintain HVAC efficiency and indoor air quality. Another monthly task you should complete is a quick check and clean of the area around your heating and cooling system, particularly your outdoor air conditioning unit if your home has central air. Keeping the area around your appliances clear will improve airflow, reduce dirt buildup, and prevent objects from falling on and damaging the units.

Seasonal Tasks

Before the cooling season begins, clean out your air conditioner’s drain line using a mixture of bleach and water, and check over the refrigerant lines for signs of damage or leaks. If your home’s heating system includes a humidifier for improved air quality during the winter, turn off the water to the unit when you’re done using your furnace in the summer. At the start of the heating season, restore the water and replace the humidifier’s filter before you begin heating your home. Finally, contact your HVAC service twice a year for an HVAC inspection and tune-up—having your system thoroughly checked and cleaned twice a year will help both your furnace and your air conditioner maintain higher efficiency and last longer, as well as reduce the likelihood of breakdowns.

Annual Tasks

Once a year, you should replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and test them to ensure they are working properly—you’ll also need to replace your CO detectors every five to seven years. Perform a visual inspection of all drains, vents, and visible ductwork to identify areas that may need attention. It’s also a good idea to inspect your air conditioner’s concrete pad once a year to ensure it is in good repair—spring is a good time to make this check, as the weather is warm enough to make repairs or shore up the ground around the pad if necessary. Finally, evaluate your HVAC system’s age each year, as well as its overall efficiency for the year by reviewing your heating and cooling bills and comparing them to the previous year’s. Keeping track of your heating and cooling systems’ age and efficiency will help you better determine when it’s time to consider replacing them with newer appliances.

Your home heating and cooling expert can offer tune-ups, repairs, replacement, and personalized advice on how to get the most from your HVAC system with proper maintenance. You can find more information about home heating and cooling when you read through the other articles on our blog, or click over to our website for a full list of our HVAC services in Wilmington, NC.

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