Spring maintenance tips for HVAC equipment
Outdoor HVAC equipment is tough and built to last, but still needs a little TLC to get its maximum lifespan and performance. With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to treat your outdoor HVAC system to some basic maintenance that can prevent costly, inconvenient breakdowns.
- Schedule your semiannual tune up with a trusted HVAC contractor.
- Clear brush and dirt away from your outside AC unit to prevent dust and dirt from being pulled into your house through the intake, and to save the filter and other mechanics wear and tear.
- Gently hose off the AC unit to remove any debris that has gotten inside the enclosure, being careful to avoid the fins and electrical components
- Check for signs of erosion around the unit that might indicate a problem with water flow or excess moisture that could flood or damage your equipment
- Schedule an energy audit through TVA and your local utility company to ensure your home is properly sealed so that you can avoid energy leaks that will increase your energy costs and make your HVAC system work harder
- Change your air filters
- Consider purchasing window screens and letting your home air out on comfortable days. This will give your HVAC system a break and freshen the air in your home after being closed up all winter. Remember, indoor air pollution is often worse than outdoor because modern homes are such tightly sealed systems.
- Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat that will let you better control your energy use and maximize your HVAC system according to the weather and the peak hours for your utility area
With these simple tips, you will find your home fresher, your bills lower, and your HVAC equipment even more efficient!