Your heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) unit is critical to keeping your home comfortable. To show the importance of the HVAC industry, it is important to note that it employs more than 300,000 people nationwide. An estimated $71 billion is generated each year by the HVAC industry. It is very important to properly maintain your HVAC system. If you are diligent with your maintenance, your unit should last at least 12 to 15 years. That also means you should have the proper HVAC supplies in the house.
Tips for Proper HVAC Maintenance
- Change the filter regularly. You should check your filters once a month. One of the less expensive HVAC supplies is the filter. Generally, HVAC filters should be changed once every six months but if when you do your monthly check you find them to be dirty, the dirty filter should be changed right away. Replacing HVAC air filters is a lot cheaper than an HVAC repair or replacement.
- Pay attention to the vents. When you check the filters, make sure you check the air-intake vents and remove any water in the unit. This can be a prime mold growing medium and also cause problems with your HVAC unit that could necessitate an emergency air conditioning unit repair.
- Do not neglect the coils. Your evaporator coils are another prime spot for mold growth. It is important to check this for any moisture. Should you find mold, you can use a solution of water and bleach to kill it. The solution should be considered one of your HVAC supplies and it should be a 50/50 mixture of the two substances. If you do find that you need to clean the unit to get rid of mold, make sure it is off and the power to the unit is not running.
- Check the fans. Dust and dirt can accumulate on your fans and cause them to run less efficiently. You can clean them with a damp cloth but again, the unit and power to it need to be off when you attempt any cleaning of any part of your HVAC unit. It may not seem particularly dangerous but it can be.
- Have a technician service it every two years. Once every two years you should have a qualified HVAC company come in and inspect your unit. Many HVAC companies offer service plans so that this service is affordable. The HVAC contractor will inspect your unit and look for any damage that needs to be repaired. It is good to make any repairs early as small problems can grow to become large ones. They can also clean and service the unit. This regular maintenance will extend the life of your unit by years.
Proper maintenance and servicing of an HVAC unit does more than extend its life. It makes sure it runs at peak efficiency, which saves you money on your energy bills. This also means the unit will keep your home nice and cool in the summer and nice and toasty in the winter.