At Veteran Air, we know that a reliable HVAC system is the heart of a comfortable home, no matter the season. That’s why we’re big on sharing some insider tips for year-round HVAC maintenance. Think of it as our way of helping you get the most out of your system: keeping it running smoothly, efficiently, and for as long as possible.
Here are some straightforward, yet effective maintenance strategies to ensure your HVAC system is always in top shape all year round.
1. Regular Filter Changes: The First Line of Defense
One of the simplest maintenance tasks is regularly changing your HVAC filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency, putting extra strain on your system. During high-use seasons, change them every month, and every three months during lower-use periods.
But not only is changing your filter often important, but using the right filter that meets your needs is equally important for your HVAC’s efficiency and longevity.
Are you a pet owner? You may want to change your filters out more regularly as pet hair and dander can quickly clog up a filter!
See More > Which Filter Is Right for You?
2. Seasonal Inspections: Staying Ahead of Problems
A seasonal inspection can make a world of difference. In the spring, have a Veteran Air technician inspect your system. They’ll check for any issues and ensure everything is ready for the intense heat of summer.
It’s best to have your system checked on at least once a year by a professional. They can spot any potential issues before they become even bigger headaches.
3. Keeping Outdoor Units Clean and Clear
Your outdoor unit needs attention too. Keep it free of leaves, dirt, and debris that can obstruct airflow. If you have pets that spend time outdoors, it may be best to block or fence off the unit to keep them from lying on or around it. This could be a safety hazard but also their fur can obstruct the unit and potentially cause damage from build-up over time.
4. Checking and Sealing Ductwork
If you notice it is taking longer to cool your home or have unusually high energy bills, you may have a leak or gap in your ducts. Air leaks can significantly reduce your system’s efficiency and run your bill more than you might think. If you suspect this may be happening, have your ductwork inspected for leaks and proper insulation by the pros.
5. Thermostat Calibration and Upgrades
Ensure your thermostat is accurately calibrated. Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat for greater control and efficiency. Smart thermostats can adjust the temperature based on your schedule, saving energy and money.
6. Monitoring System Performance
Pay attention to how your system performs. If you notice unusual noises, smells, or a decline in efficiency, it’s time to call in the experts. Early detection of problems can prevent costly repairs down the line.
7. Keeping Vents Unobstructed
Be sure all vents and registers in your home are not blocked by furniture or curtains. Proper airflow is necessary for efficient system operation and temperature distribution throughout your home.
8. Scheduling Professional Maintenance
Annual professional maintenance is crucial. A Veteran Air technician will perform a comprehensive check-up, clean components, and address any minor issues before they become major problems.
9. Being Mindful of Energy Usage
Be energy conscious for not only the environment but your wallet too. Adjust your thermostat when you’re not home and consider using ceiling fans to circulate air. Small changes in habits can lead to significant savings on your energy bill.
10. Upgrading Older Systems
If your HVAC system is old (10+ years) and frequently needs repairs, it might be time for an upgrade. Newer systems are more efficient and will save you a headache in the long run. Consult with Veteran Air’s team to discover your options.
Veteran Air: Your Partner in HVAC Maintenance
At Veteran Air, your home’s comfort is our top priority. By embracing these essential maintenance tips throughout the year, you’re not just keeping your HVAC system in great shape; you’re investing in the lasting comfort of your home.
Need a hand with upkeep or looking for professional guidance? Our team is always ready to step in. Count on us for reliable maintenance services that ensure your HVAC system is always running at its best, bringing you peace of mind and comfort in every season. Give us a call today!