Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.
If it seems like your heating system is not as efficient as it used to be, this is perfectly normal. Over time, certain component in the system are bound to become less effective. While it is very important to have your system regularly serviced by professional HVAC technicians, you also need to practice good maintenance. That is, if you follow these basic maintenance rules, you can do your part to ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible.
The Importance of a Clean Filter
The golden rule of HVAC maintenance is to change your filter within the recommended time period. It can be very easy to neglect the air filter, and some people only have it changed when they have a professional come to service their system. If your filter is only replaced once every 3 to 5 years, this is not frequent enough. The suggest frequency for your filter replacement depends on a lot of factors, like the model, the size of the filter, whether you have forced air, and how often you run your heat. Some filters will say right on the box that they should be replaced every six months. This might seem like overkill, but this is really not that much, especially if you just change your filter once at the end of summer, and once at the end of winter. At the very least, you should open up your filter compartment and visually inspect your faith it on a regular basis.
How to Change the Filter
Some filters will have an indicator that changes colors when it is time to change the filter. However, if your filter was really dirty, the main indicator should just be all the dust buildup. When it comes down to it, changing your air filters is always a good idea, and it will never harm your system. Filters are affordable, especially if you buy them in bulk. If you buy a handful of filters, you will have them on hand so you can either replace them for the next several years.
Changing the filters is very easy, but the process differs depending on the make and model of your furnace. They could also be a little different if you have in-duct air filters. These are also easy to change, but you will need a screwdriver to remove the air registers before you can access the filter within the register.
Replacing your air filters is a simple DIY project that doesn't require much time or money. The sooner you do it, the sooner you can improve airflow and quality of air throughout your home. Contact a service, like Total Comfort Heating & Air Condition, for more help.