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.
When you own a home, you know that one of the biggest investments is the air conditioning system. For this reason, you should do everything possible to make sure it lasts as long as possible. You never want to encounter an unexpected problem. Here are some things you can do to ensure your air conditioning system does not wear out prematurely.
Check the Air Filters
One of the easiest, fastest, and least expensive things you can do to keep your air conditioner in good shape is to check the air filters. You should do this at least every few months. If you live in a dusty climate, you may even want to check them monthly. The air filter prevents dust from getting into the air conditioner and causing problems. The air conditioner will overwork itself to fight against the clogs and prematurely wear out its components. By keeping the air filter clean, you will preserve the life of your air conditioner.
Check the Ducts
Your air ducting is also very important to the life of your air conditioner. You can check this yourself if you have reasonable access to it. Over time, the ducting can develop leaks. This leads to the cool air escaping and not getting inside your home. The air conditioner will have to cycle on more frequently to keep up with the demand for cold air. This constant cycling will result in the overworking of the system, which can also lead to premature wear and tear.
You should also check the ducting for dust and debris. Over time, various debris will build inside the ducting, which also results in more energy consumption than necessary. No matter how impeccable the rest of your air conditioning system is, it will not function efficiently if the ducting is clogged.
In addition to clogs, dirty ducting also leads to bad-quality air inside your house. If you or anyone in your home deals with allergies or other respiratory issues, you should make sure the ducting is clean to prevent illness.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Some homeowners often fail to have the air conditioning professionally maintained. You should schedule a professional inspection of the system at the change of the seasons to ensure everything is working properly. The contractor will look at all the components, clean away any dust and debris, and recharge your refrigerant level if necessary. These inspections can help you stay on top of any potential issues before they become costly.