HVAC Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Home HVAC systems are necessary for maintaining indoor comfort by regulating temperature, humidity and air quality. However, without proper HVAC maintenance, systems can become less efficient, costlier to operate and more prone to breakdowns. With their Red Carpet Maintenance Program, Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers a comprehensive inspection and cleaning of both your cooling and heating systems as well as your home’s plumbing system.
Since cooling season is upon us, Kotz is providing a few common HVAC maintenance tips that every homeowner should know:
- Replace or clean air filters regularly: Dirty air filters restrict airflow, reduce indoor air quality and put undue strain on HVAC equipment. Homeowners should replace or clean filters every three months, on average, and more frequently during high usage.
- Keep outdoor units clear: Outdoor HVAC units can collect debris such as leaves, twigs and grass, which obstructs airflow and reduces efficiency. Homeowners should clear debris around the unit regularly and trim plants to allow proper airflow.
- Schedule professional tune-ups: Homeowners should schedule annual tune-ups with a licensed HVAC company such as Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to ensure that their systems are running efficiently. A trained Kotz technician will inspect and clean components, identify potential problems and recommend repairs or replacements.
- Check thermostat settings: Incorrect thermostat settings can lead to wasted energy and discomfort. By ensuring thermostats are set correctly and investing in programmable thermostats, homeowners can conserve energy and save money on utility costs.
- Check and seal ductwork: Leaky ductwork can waste energy and reduce indoor air quality. Homeowners can check for leaks and seal them with mastic or foil tape; or, for a more comprehensive inspection, call Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today.
Some other tips include scheduling regular AC maintenance to keep coils and fins clean and to ensure all the interior system components are operating as they should. A more expensive, but possibly necessary solution, is to consider upgrading to energy-efficient systems. If your current AC system is 12 or more years old, a newer more efficient model will save on energy bills and usage. A trained Kotz Comfort Specialist will assess your current situation to determine the best options for your homes and budget.
Proper HVAC maintenance can help homeowners save money, improve indoor air quality and prolong the life of their systems. By following these tips, homeowners can ensure that their HVAC systems run smoothly and efficiently for years to come.