Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners
Once a HVAC system (which stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) has been installed, the machine is usually good to go, but it’s important to conduct check-ups periodically, especially before using the heating system in the cold season. Keeping a maintenance plan is not only beneficial for your HVAC system in general, but it can also save you money in the long run.
Adjust thermostat temperatures accordingly (or use a scheduled system).
To save a little money during the cold season, be sure to adjust your thermostat temperatures during the times when the house is empty versus when everyone is home. Also consider heating only the sections of the home where your family spends the most time (if no one ever ventures into the upstairs bonus room, you might want to close the door and hold off on keeping that room constantly heated).
Change filters periodically.
This point is important! Depending on the type of system, the filters on your air conditioner and/or furnace should be examined monthly. Dirty filters can lead to increasing bills and potentially long-term damage (and early failure) of your HVAC system.
Clear area around outdoor units.
Removing debris (such as leaves, twigs, or even pollen) from the outdoor units should be done at least bi-weekly during the spring, summer, and fall. Also be sure that there’s roughly two feet of clearance around the outdoor unit.
Before you fire up the furnace.
Keep clutter away from the furnace, especially while it’s in use. You should also schedule an annual inspection before the cold season; our professionals will make sure that the system is cleaning and running efficiently. In the event that you need emergency furnace repair, Georgia Air Specialists handles that too!
The Cold Fireplace
Did you know that your fireplace could actually be causing your home to be cooler? Basically doing the opposite of what it’s supposed to! Your chimney drains a large amount of heated air, which is replaced with lots of cool air. To solve this problem, try using the fireplace a little less.
Inspect the condensate drain in your air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump.
In addition to cooling, air conditioners also remove moisture from the air to lower the humidity level in your home. The extra water is removed from the AC unit through a small pipe. Over time, algae, mildew, and mold can build up and clog the drain, causing overflow of fluid inside the AC unit and potentially water damage inside your home. The condensate drain is easily found by looking directly under the unit (after you’ve shut it off) for a pan. If the pan is full of water, the pipe is probably clogged. Remove the excess water from the pan, and use soap to clean it. If you have a shop vacuum, clogs can be cleared with the suction. Find the drain line (usually a T-shaped vent with PVC cover) and pour water mixed with a cup of bleach down the condensate drain annually to prevent clogs.
While these DIY tips will certainly help extend the life of your HVAC unit, it’s important to have a professional inspection periodically make sure there aren’t internal issues that could lead to large budget spends later. If you aren’t comfortable with completing all of these maintenance tasks on your own, call us! We also offer a handful of maintenance plans to fit your home and unit.