Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

2 Ways To Keep Your HVAC Humming

Kristin Pierce

It's not fun to pour your money into your monthly utility bills, especially if it seems like your home is still uncomfortable and the temperature is hard to control. If you think you are paying higher utility bills and your HVAC still isn't being as productive as it used to be, this could very well be the case. If you haven't invested a bunch of time or money in your HVAC maintenance, it might be time to handle some maintenance. Basically, you can't expect your HVAC system to remain 100% efficient if you don't do your part to maintain it. There are several important things you need to do if you want your HVAC system to remain energy efficient, but this article focuses on two of the most important.

Duct Cleaning

If you have a ducted air conditioning system, duct cleaning is one of the most important cornerstones to an energy efficient HVAC system. Many people think that cleaning your ducts is only going to increase airflow, thereby making the system more energy efficient. But, the biggest perk of having clean air ducts is the fact that it helps to keep dust and dirt out of your appliances.

Dust can get sucked into your air handler, heat exchanger, compressor, evaporator, condenser, and other vital components of a central HVAC system. When these things are hampered by dusty air, your system is going to become far less efficient and more expensive to operate. Also, dust within your air ducts can eventually get circulated into your air vents, where the airflow is blocked, making it harder to get air circulation into your rooms. So, if you are homeowner, it is a good idea to have your air ducts professionally cleaned once every 2 to 3 years.

Refrigerant Recharge

Whether you have a ducted or ductless HVAC system, another key to a productive and efficient HVAC system is making sure that your refrigerant levels are checked on a regular basis. Every couple of years, you should have professionals make sure that your refrigerant lines are charged to their fullest capacity. This is one important way that you can make sure that your air is as hot as it should be when your heater is turned on, and as cold as it should be when you are using your air conditioner.

Obviously, these are just two small things that are vital to the healthy functionality of an HVAC system. If you have your system professionally serviced, don't be surprised if the technician also suggests some other maintenance jobs. If you have a ductless air conditioning system, contact a company that offers ductless air conditioning services for assistance.