Not all people are handy, but one thing most can agree upon is that we’d all like to save money. Even if you don’t know a Phillips screwdriver from a box wrench, you can manage basic monthly HVAC maintenance to decrease your utility bill and improve the efficiency of your system.
To keep your home comfortable and budget well-padded, start following this monthly HVAC maintenance checklist today.
A dirty air filter can derail your HVAC unit’s efficiency, shorten the system’s life, affect indoor air quality, and significantly increase your monthly bill. Checking your filter once a month goes a long way towards effective HVAC maintenance.
Begin by removing the filter and visually inspecting it for damage. To extend its life for another month, wipe it clean with a damp cloth before replacing it.
At least once per season you should replace the filter with a new one. If you have pets, you may want to consider a monthly replacement schedule. Take the old filter with you to ensure you buy the right size. For extra efficiency, choose a filter with a high MERV rating. The higher the MERV rating, the greater the efficiency.
Your HVAC system may manage the temperature of your home’s interior, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect the outdoor condenser. Regular maintenance of your outdoor HVAC equipment ensures you’ll extend the life of your entire unit.
On a monthly basis clean any debris that may have blown inside the unit. Remove the fan cage on top and vacuum out the interior. Some models may have parts that require lubrication with a bit of motor oil.
You also want to use your garden hose to clean the fins of any accumulated dust and dirt. Avoid touching the fins or manipulating any interior components to avoid damaging the unit.
For newer models, some of these components are enclosed. Consult your owner’s manual or check with your HVAC technician if you need assistance cleaning these specific parts.
Along with keeping the condenser clean, you’ll want to clear at least two feet of space around it. This means removing any gardening or yard implements right next to it. You may have to strategize landscaping but keeping your compressor and condenser free of obstructions ensures HVAC efficiency, which spells big monthly and annual savings for you.
You should always let the professionals perform an HVAC maintenance check and tune-up twice a year. We recommend scheduling one in the spring before the temperatures rise and once again in the fall before cool weather returns. Keep an eye on your calendar throughout the year so these crucial technician visits don’t go ignored. Along with your diligent monthly attention, an HVAC technician will be able to tell you if anything needs replacing, adding to your overall savings and climate control efficiency.
A happy HVAC unit is a well-cared for HVAC unit. Step up your monthly HVAC maintenance with these simple tips and enjoy an extended system lifespan and reduced utility bills. For more information on DIY maintenance and HVAC services, visit our website today.
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