HVAC systems need regular maintenance in order to work efficiently and reliably. Often, new Altadore homeowners are unaware of what kind of maintenance their HVAC systems need. If you just recently purchased a home, here's what you need to know about taking care of your HVAC system.
Change the Air Filter
Air filters clean the air that flows through your ducts. The air filter keeps contaminants out of your HVAC system and thus helps keep your HVAC system functioning properly. Air filters need to be replaced approximately every three months when the HVAC system is in use. To replace the filter, remove the filter from its slot near the return air duct, then insert the replacement. If you don't have a replacement air filter, use the old filter to identify an identical filter at a home improvement center. Turn off your HVAC system while no filter is in place.
Test the A/C and Heater Before Use
Test your air conditioner weeks before the cooling season begins. If the air conditioner is not functioning properly, contact an HVAC professional as soon as possible to get it repaired. Do the same with your heater: test it weeks before the first cold night of the season, then contact an HVAC professional if the furnace is not working properly.
Get Regular HVAC Tune Ups
Have an HVAC professional give your HVAC system a tune up at least once annually. Your HVAC professional will be able to identify issues before they become dire and recommend repairs as needed. Your HVAC professional can also keep your system running longer to help you avoid breakdowns that might occur in the middle of the heating or cooling season.
Find a Good HVAC Professional
If you're a new homeowner who would like to maintain your HVAC system, find a good HVAC professional with an excellent reputation and reasonable rates. Knowing of an HVAC business you trust can help you keep your HVAC system in good condition. If you haven't yet found an HVAC professional you can trust, now is the time. Start calling businesses that get good reviews and that come highly rated from people you trust.