Upkeep of your your HVAC system is of vital importance to your home no matter what kind of system you have. Here are some good maintenance tips for homeowners and a quick overview of what to expect from a certified technician on an annual inspection.
Can I do HVAC maintenance myself or do I need a technician?
Both. Manufacturers of heat pumps, air conditioners and furnaces will always recommend that you have a maintenance inspection and service once a year from a certified technician. They also call for a certain amount of diligence and upkeep by the owner as well. Some maintenance chores will be specific to the make and model of the units, whereas other chores are of a more general nature.
What maintenance need to be done by a professional?
The more specific items should be done by a technician that is familiar with your system. A system is built around a mathematical formula that factors in the square footage of your living space, the size of your vents and how much air your system can push. An HVAC specialist will take that into account along with all of the manufacturer’s specifications regarding your machine. Better yet, an authorized dealer of your particular unit will usually be trained by the manufacturer. Their inspections will protect your systems warranties. They will test electrical current, air pressure and for air purity. They will clean condensation pans, change filters, and inspect the condition of vents and their bracing.
What is done by a homeowner?
HVAC systems are contingent on air flow. Ensuring that air flow is unobstructed is crucial. Make sure there are no big objects in front of any vents. Also, it will help air purity greatly if you vacuum the screens on all intake vents. Next, inspect your house room for room. Look for any drafts or cold spots near windows or bathrooms. Look on the bottom of exterior doors to make sure that they’re sealed and not allowing air flow. If a repair is needed, it will have to be done by the homeowner. These areas aren’t considered part of the system, even though they have a huge impact on a systems efficiency. Run stove and bathroom fans as little as possible while your system is on. Check your thermostat to make sure your system is running properly. The manufacturer will provide information about general upkeep as well.
A lower power bill and greater comfort
The measure of efficiency in an HVAC system is called a SEER rating. The higher the number the more efficient your system. The most efficient being heat pumps over furnaces and traditional air conditioning units. Responding to the recent focus on green energy and sustainable living, modern systems have made big improvements and have become more energy saving than ever before. This is great news for those that have a new system.
An HVAC system can lose up to ten percent of its efficiency per year due to improper upkeep. Always remember that maintenance is important to achieving the best results in energy efficiency and comfort.