With the right HVAC company on your side, scheduling repairs or having them done in your home doesn’t have to be a hassle. Still, most homeowners would prefer to avoid the cost and effort of HVAC repairs when they can help it. Fortunately, by taking care of your HVAC system with regular maintenance can help to avoid breakdowns and the subsequent repairs. You can schedule annual tune-ups with Service Champions. In the meantime, here are some simple monthly maintenance tips:
Check Air Filters
Your air filters are an important part of your heating and cooling system. They keep airborne debris from dirtying your heating and cooling units as well as from flowing through your home. But over time, air filters can become clogged, and when they’re clogged, they’re not able to protect your home or your HVAC system. It’s a good idea to check your air filters once a month. If they’re clogged, you may be able to clean them or you may need to replace them.
Keep Clear of Debris
It’s also a good idea to make sure that the area around your HVAC unit is free of debris. In cold weather, turn the furnace off and make sure that the space around it is open and clean. If not, take time to clean it before turning the furnace back on. In warm weather, check your outside air conditioning unit and move any branches or debris that could clog and slow the system. If there are bushes or trees nearby, make sure they’re trimmed to give the unit enough space to work properly without the disruption of debris.
Keep An Ear Out
You want to pay attention throughout the month to the sounds coming from your HVAC system. Are you hearing rattling, thumping, groaning or grinding noises? While furnaces can be quite noisy and you might hear an occasional bang when they’re turned on for the first time that season, these noises shouldn’t continue throughout the year. If your HVAC system is being noticeably noisy, it might be time to call an HVAC company for an inspection. Pay attention to how the home feels, as well. Is it chillier than the thermostat would indicate, or stuffy in certain rooms? These are all indications that your HVAC system may need a little help to perform at peak.
Interested in having regular tune-ups done on your HVAC system? Sign up for Service Champion’s MVP membership, with complimentary annual furnace and AC tune-ups.