Furnaces and air conditioners are costly pieces of equipment to replace, which is only one reason why extending the life of your HVAC system is so important. Not only will simple maintenance allow your system to operate smoothly and efficiently, it will also save you a considerable amount of time and money over the long-run.
Here are some simple things you can do to get the most life out of your home’s HVAC system.
- Change the filters. This should be done on a regular basis, usually every three months. Changing filters helps free and unhindered air flow into the HVAC system.
- Remove debris from outdoor condensers. Leaves, grass and dirt can clog the air conditioner and cause it to cease functioning.
- Clean the duct grills within your home. Vacuum them out so they’re blocked or blowing dirt/dust into the air within your home. This will also help improve air quality. It’s a good idea to make sure to have your ductwork cleaned by a professional who can vacuum debris deeper within the system.
- Discharge the pipe on your HVAC system. In the winter months, this can get blocked with snow/ice, causing pipes to freeze and crack.
- Have your furnace and air conditioner professionally inspected every year. A certified professional can check electrical connections, ensure gas is flowing properly and make sure the heat exchanger, fans and valves are all functioning properly.
- Inspect your duct work. Make sure there are no leaks and that pipes are firmly connected to one another. This will improve the efficiency of your system considerably and save you a large amount of money.
- Lower your thermostat and use your furnace only when needed. Even a few degrees difference can save you a bundle throughout the seasons ahead.
Extending the life of an HVAC system is just one of the many things Comfort Systems can assist you with. We invite you to contact us at 316-265-7831 for more information about the services we have to offer you and your family.
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