Over time, the HVAC system in your Tallahassee, Florida, home can suffer wear and tear, become inefficient, and require frequent repairs. Eventually, you will have no choice but to replace it. Before your system gets to that stage, however, you can prolong its life and keep it performing efficiently with a few simple tasks. Although some projects are better left to licensed professionals, there are plenty of tasks you can complete yourself. Here are three things you can do to keep your HVAC system running efficiently.
You can't do all the maintenance on your HVAC unit, but you can check and change filters. Your HVAC filters collect dust and other airborne pollutants, and can easily become clogged. These filters should be checked about once a month and, if necessary, replaced. A clogged filter forces the system to work harder to produce the same level of comfort. Your HVAC system not only works harder, it also becomes less efficient, consuming more energy.
Your HVAC system doesn't need to run at full power 24 hours a day. If you have a programmable thermostat, during the cooler months, program it to reduce the temperature when you're away from home or asleep. Otherwise, turn your thermostat down manually if you know you'll be gone for a while. The less your system has to work at full power, the less wear it will experience.
Pay attention to the build-up of dust and debris around vents and heat registers. Dust and debris block the airflow and force the system to work harder, just as a dirty filter would. You should also check for debris around both outdoor and indoor components of your HVAC system. Keeping everything clean will allow air to flow freely and help your system continue working effectively.
Taking good care of your HVAC system will not only prolong its life but will also help you to save on your monthly utility bills. If you have more questions regarding HVAC efficiency or need to schedule preventive maintenance, give us a call today at 850-391-4300.
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