Heating, venting, and air conditioning (or HVAC) needs to be well maintained if you want to keep down your utility bills. That is, over time, your system is going to become more expensive to run if you don't take a few important maintenance steps. Luckily, some of the most important steps are cheap and easy to do. In fact, you might be able to do them right now without any special tools. This article explains two things you can immediately check, and possibly fix, right now. These are jobs that are manageable even if you don't have any experience servicing HVAC systems.
Checking Your Air Filters
The one thing you should regularly check, at least twice a year, is your air filters. Some homes have multiple air filters. The filters are usually located in the return vent, and there is often another air filter directly attached to the furnace. When checking your filter, you want to make sure there is no serious dust buildup on the surface. Usually, the whiter your filter is, the cleaner it is. Some newer filters even have color-changing indicators that will tell you when it is time to replace them. If your filters do look dirty, replacing them is simple and doesn't require any tools. Just take your old filter to a home improvement store, buy the appropriately-sized replacements, and switch them out. It is much easier than trying to clean out an old filter.
Clean Your Heat Pump
The third great thing you can do right away is to take a look at your heat pump. The heat pump is actually the large appliance located on the outside of your house. It is linked with both the heating and air conditioning systems. The most important thing when it comes to your heat pump is the condition of your evaporator coils. These are metal sheets that have tiny rows of ridges. When these ridges (which are technically called fins) get bent or smashed down, it reduces the efficiency of your heat pump. There are evaporator coil straightening combs that can be quite useful, or you can just do it manually with a flat head screwdriver. The straighter and cleaner your coils are, the more productive your HVAC system will be. This is a simple job because you don't even need to turn off the power to your unit to work on the evaporator coils.
If you discover any more serious problems with your HVAC system, contact an expert like those at Controlled Comfort.Share
24 November 2017
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