Your heating and cooling system uses up a great deal of energy to heat and cool your home. That is why it must be well-maintained and kept in good condition. To help you get started, the pros at OnTime Service have prepared a handy HVAC system maintenance checklist!
1. Change Your Air Filter
One of the easiest ways you can maintain your HVAC system is by consistently changing your air filter every month. According to the Department of Energy, by replacing your air filter with a new one you can reduce your energy consumption by up to 15 %. Air filter replacement takes only a few minutes and can have other benefits such as better indoor air quality and improved HVAC performance.
2. Check Your Thermostat
If you have any issues with your AC cooling, the first place you should look is your thermostat. Make sure that it is on the right setting. With the Spring season coming soon, you want to make sure that your AC is ready to cool your home. In addition, make sure your thermostat is set to “Auto” instead of “Fan”. The Fan setting keeps your AC fan running, even when it is not going through a cooling cycle.
3. Clean Your Vents
Vents and registers should be dust-free—if they are left dirty, they can worsen your indoor air quality. Take a minute every month to vacuum your vent grilles, using your handy-dandy brush attachment. Follow it up with a wipe from a damp cloth and voila! You have dust and dander free vents! In addition to cleaning them, make sure they are not being blocked by anything like a couch or an appliance. Vents should be left open to have consistent air flow throughout your home.
4. Clean and Inspect Your Outdoor Condenser
If you have an outdoor condenser, take a minute to inspect your refrigerant lines to make sure there are no leaks in them. You can do this by simply feeling along the lines behind the outdoor condenser—if they are cold, still intact, and not emitting a hissing noise, there is no leak. Be careful because refrigerant is a dangerous chemical that should be handled by a professional. If you are not comfortable inspect your condenser for leaks, get in touch with a professional HVAC technician. In addition, make sure you clear up any vegetation around your condenser and clean its exterior is using coil cleaner and water.
5. Contact a Technician
Once you have done all the maintenance tasks you can handle, take the time every year to have a professional HVAC inspection and maintenance. This way, you can prevent any major malfunctions and issues in the future.
Have any more questions about your HVAC system maintenance checklist? Get in touch with the pros at OnTime Service. Call us today or schedule a service with us on our website. We are looking forward to hearing from you!