If you want your HVAC appliances to remain in good working shape for as long as possible, some effort will be necessary on your part. Some of the things you’ll need to do may seem like a bit of a hassle, but the potential damage you’ll prevent will be well worth the time.
- Regularly change your air filter. Ideally, you should check your air filter just about once a month. If it looks dirty, have it changed right away, and the absolute longest you should go without changing it is three months. Dirty air filters put a strain on your HVAC appliances, causing energy to be wasted and breakdowns to become more likely.
- Get yearly equipment tune-ups. For heating and cooling systems to keep working properly, it’s imperative that you bring in a professional to tune them up annually. These tune-ups will go a long way towards preventing any major issues or breakdowns, as well as allowing the appliance to work more efficiently.
- Consider sealing heating and cooling ducts. If you’re using a duct system in your household, you would be wise to have it sealed and insulated. You can use mastic duct sealant or foil tape for sealing ducts, and it can increase the energy-efficiency of your HVAC system by up to 20 percent. After you’ve sealed them, wrap them up well in duct insulation.
By following these steps, you can all but guarantee that your HVAC equipment won’t be having any problems in the near future. If you put in the work now, you’ll be minimizing the amount of work you’ll need to do — and money you’ll need to spend — down the road.
For heating and cooling needs in the Charlotte area, contact the good people at Acosta Heating, Cooling & Electrical.