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HVAC Maintenance Tips for Summer and Winter

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It’s a beautiful, sunny, summer day on the west coast. The birds are chirping, and you have your favorite music on next to the pool.

In your lounge chair, while sipping on an ice cold lemonade, you hear your cell phone ring from inside the house. Better go check it out.

“Wow, it’s awfully hot in here right now,” you think to yourself. Better go check the thermostat.

That’s when you realize your A/C isn’t working.

It’s happened to more people that care to admit it. When was the last time you had your HVAC checked out?

HVAC maintenance is a crucial part of homeownership. It makes all the difference on those cold winter nights, and especially on those warm summer days.

This article is here to help educate you on the proper procedures to keep your HVAC working all year round.

What is an HVAC?

An HVAC, or Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, is equipment that heats or cools commercial, industrial, or residential buildings.

Now that you know what HVAC stands for, here is how you can help to keep it from breaking down.

Proper HVAC maintenance

There are a number of things you can do on your own to maintain your HVAC equipment. These items do not require the assistance of a professional.

First off are the air filters. During heating and cooling seasons, it’s imperative to check your filters regularly. Filters help keep the airflow in your house clean.

If you have reusable filters, clean them. If you have disposable filters, replace them. I recommend doing this every one to three months.

Second, if you have an outdoor HVAC system, it’s necessary to clear the area around the unit. By doing this, you ensure that the unit’s airflow isn’t restricted by any branches or weeds around the HVAC unit.

Third, if you want to save money and work your HVAC unit less, setting a programmable thermostat is a must. This allows your house to be hot or cool whenever you want it to be, and to not run when you’re away from your house.

Let the Pro’s Handle It

While there’s a lot of maintenance you can do yourself, there are some things that are best left to the professionals. This includes, but is not limited to, attic insulation and seasonal maintenance.

Attic Insulation allows your house to keep more of the hot and cool air inside for longer. While the upfront costs may seem like a lot, the lifetime savings far outweigh them.

Seasonal maintenance includes a proper inspection from a licensed HVAC professional. This fee is well worth it if they discover a leak that may result in higher costs later down the road.

Keep it Cool

Now that you are educated about HVAC maintenance, make sure you take care of your home HVAC unit. Clear out that brush and swap those filters.

If serious problems persist, and you need a professional, don’t hesitate to contact Comfort Time Heating and Cooling. They’ll be there in no time with friendly, reliable service.

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