Buying a new home is an exciting experience, but with new perks come new responsibilities. You’re now in charge of the maintenance of your home and appliances. Here are a few quick tips that will keep your HVAC system running smoothly all year long.
Pay Attention to Your Outdoor Unit
One common mistake that new homeowners make is overlooking the outdoor unit. Make sure shrubs, weeds and vines aren’t tangled around the unit or blocking airflow, and check for fallen limbs and debris after a windy day or thunderstorm. Use a broom to gently remove debris, and ensure that nothing grows within three feet of the unit on all sides.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance at Least Twice a Year
Routine maintenance will prolong the life of your system, prevent expensive malfunctions, reduce your energy bills and help you avoid dangerous situations (such as carbon monoxide leaks). Preventative maintenance also ensures that you’re breathing clean air and optimizing the energy efficiency of your system year-round.
Air Filters and Vents
Change your air filter regularly, and make sure you don’t place furniture over vents. Do not close vents, and routinely clean them to prevent dust and mold buildup. Your system has to work harder than necessary if the air filter is dirty, or if vents are blocked in any way. This can cause your HVAC unit to stop working properly, which leads to an avoidable repair.
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