Spring Cleaning 2018: HVAC Maintenance
It’s that time of the year again: Spring Cleaning 2018 is upon us!
As you begin washing, scrubbing, and dusting, don’t forget to make time for your HVAC system. Since summer and winter months are when your AC and heating system see the most use, spring is the perfect time of year to perform routine maintenance.
At Blue Flame, we recommend to all of our customers that they should keep their HVAC systems clean year-round and schedule an annual maintenance check up with a licensed professional. Here are some of the advantages to HVAC maintenance and a few tips for how you can keep your unit in working order all year.
The Importance of HVAC Maintenance
Scheduling an appointment with licensed HVAC professionals for maintenance on your unit might seem counterintuitive if your unit is not yet experiencing any problems. But sometimes problems can be lurking underneath the surface, waiting until a summer heat wave to show themselves and cause discomfort in your home. Here are the top three reasons why you should plan on preventative maintenance each year.
1. Prevent expensive breakdowns.
If your technician notices any minor issues like loose wiring or small leaks, it will be a lot less expensive for him to fix everything in one appointment before it becomes serious. When minor issues continue to go unnoticed for months, they can snowball into bigger problems that require expensive repairs or even replacement.
2. Increase your system’s lifespan.
When you make a conscious effort to take care of your unit, it will last longer. HVAC units can continue working for 15 or even 20 years if they are properly maintained.
3. Maintain ideal efficiency.
Last but not least, as we tend to take our HVAC units for granted when they ensure our homes will be comfortable, we fail to recognize if they are becoming less efficient over time. If your system has to work harder to heat and cool your home, it will consume more energy and cost you more money on a monthly basis. Allowing a technician to assess your unit’s efficiency and perform a tune-up will prevent these problems.
Spring Cleaning 2018 With Your HVAC
In addition to professional maintenance from the experts, there are some things you can do at home to keep your system in the best possible shape. Here are a few HVAC chores to include on your Spring Cleaning 2018 checklist.
Change your filter.
Air filters should be changed at least every 90 days to combat the buildup of dust, pollen, and other airborne allergens in your system. In homes with excessive amounts of dust or pet hair or with inhabitants who suffer from asthma or allergies, it is best to change your filter every 30 days.
Clean up your system outside.
Clear away debris like leaves, dirt, and grass from the surface of your unit and the area surrounding it. Carefully wash away dust and pollen from the surface and coils with a garden hose.
Invest in a programmable thermostat.
Program your thermostat for optimal energy efficiency during hours when you are out of the house. By adjusting the temperature up or down a few degrees every time the house is empty, you can save a lot of money on monthly utilities. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat already, consider investing in one for added convenience.
We hope these spring cleaning ideas will help you keep your HVAC system in working order. If you need to schedule annual maintenance for your unit, call our team of professionals at Blue Flame.
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.