Make Your Own Luck: HVAC Maintenance
St. Patrick’s Day might be right around the corner, but you don’t have to leave the efficiency of your HVAC unit up to luck. You can feel confident and assured that your HVAC unit is at the top of its game by performing some routine maintenance. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have regular annual maintenance service on your HVAC by industry professionals. But at Blue Flame Heating & Air Conditioning, we want to help you keep your HVAC unit in the best condition possible by taking good care of it consistently. Here are our suggestions for making your own luck with proper HVAC maintenance.
- Purchase a High Quality Filter
There are endless options for efficient HVAC filters that will drastically improve your indoor air quality. By catching even the most miniscule particles before they can pass into your home, good HVAC filters help prevent asthma, allergies, and contagious illnesses from flaring up frequently in your home.
- Replace the Filter Regularly
It is a good idea to change out your HVAC filter at least every 90 days. Check it every month, and determine if you need to change it more often. Homes with lots of pet hair may need to change it monthly instead.
- Clear the Area
There should be a minimum of two feet of clearance around your HVAC unit at all times. Remove materials from your yard, such as leaves, twigs, and grass, from the surfaces and surrounding area of your HVAC. Take care not to let cut grass settle on your HVAC when you mow your lawn.
- Inspect Visually
Check all refrigerant lines leading into your house at least once per month to make sure none of them are missing or damaged. Look over all of the coils and components for flaws, and if you notice that something is not right, schedule an appointment with an HVAC expert.
- Check Your Flame Color
In a furnace, the flame should always be a clear blue when the unit is operating correctly and efficiently. An orange or yellow flame can mean the fuel and oxygen are out of balance, so if your flame looks funky, it is time to call an HVAC professional.
- Clear Out the Condensate
A solution of hot water mixed with either bleach or vinegar can remove mold and algae from your condensate drain and prevent clogging. Make sure to use water that is boiling, and mix it with the cleaner at an even ratio.
- Stick to the Best Temps
If you keep your thermostat on the best temperatures for each season, that can ensure your HVAC will run as cost effectively as it can. A good summer temp is 78 degrees, while a good winter temp is 68 degrees.
Keep these HVAC maintenance tips in mind, and your unit should operate smoothly and live longer. If you have any problems with your HVAC unit, professionals at Blue Flame can help.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.