HVAC Maintenance Tips from the Pros
We all want to know what we can do to keep our ac unit running as long as possible. Even though there are some problems only a professional can correct, here are some simple tips and tricks to keep your unit running at its best!
Change your air filter
We suggest changing it each month, when you pay your rent/mortgage.
Make Sure Your Condenser Unit is Clear of Debris
Your condenser is usually in your side yard, and is easily forgotten. Overtime, shrubs and debris can grow or build up around your unit, limiting its air flow, making it work harder to cool your home.
Clean Your Ductwork
Did you know most home inspectors don’t check ductwork? What this means for a new homeowner is that you won’t know if your ducts are dirty or in need of repair. If your home seems dusty, or you notice your HVAC system making loud noises as if it is working harder than it should, you should check your ducts. Chances are, they’re just dirty, but on the off chance that your ducts are leaking air, you need to make sure to call an HVAC technician to patch or replace your ducts.
Start Building a Relationship With Licensed Contractors
HVAC systems have a lot of small moving parts and play a huge role in your home’s comfort. The most common home issue is related to HVAC so make sure you’re not calling a stranger when you need to service your air conditioning or heating unit. A strong relationship with an HVAC contractor will save you thousands along the duration of your homeownership and your contractor will be very familiar with your home, your HVAC system, and your expectations for price and service.
You Should Know What Type of HVAC System You Have
If you’re a new homeowner, you need to know what kind of HVAC system you have. The typical system is a central air conditioning system that has all of the components listed above in our HVAC tips for Beginners section. Your home could also have a ductless mini-split system or even a window-attached wall unit (yikes!). You should also know whether your furnace is electric, natural gas, or if your home uses a heat pump or boiler system.
Check Your AC’s Drainage Hole
Most air conditioners have a drainage hole for fluid buildup from condensation to clear out. If your drainage hole is clogged up, you may end up with a lot of water buildup and a damaged AC unit.
Keep Your Windows and Doors Closed
Springtime in Florida is beautiful and all you want is to let some fresh air into your home. Just remember, spring is also allergy season and if your doors and windows are left open, you’re welcoming all of those allergens into your home. If you absolutely must have those windows and doors open, however, we recommend investing in a high quality air purifier.
Add Some Insulation to Your Home
Your HVAC system works really hard to warm up your home. If you live in Central Florida, you get how chilly winter can get. If all the heat that your furnace generates escapes your home, why even bother with heating your home? Invest in some quality insulation to get the best HVAC heating experience in winter.
Schedule a Tune Up
Your AC unit will be working its hardest during summer. Make sure you call an HVAC technician to give it a quick tune up before you fire it up and run it all summer long. The last thing you want is to find out your HVAC unit isn’t working on the hottest day of the year.
Clean Your Vents
Central Florida has mild winters. This means you’re probably not using your HVAC unit at all, allowing your vents to accumulate a lot of dust. Before it gets hot enough to have to turn on your AC, you should do a quick checkup on your vents and vacuum off any dust that has accumulated.