You know how it goes, “I think my A\/C went out again.” Funny thing is that this always seems to happen when we’re least expecting them! The birds are chirping and you have your favorite music playing by poolside while sipping some refreshing iced lemonade. But all of sudden the sun starts shining through giving off a beautiful vibe – what could be better than spending time with family or friends? Then bam–you notice your AC isn’t working properly which makes things not quite as comfortable inside anymore (especially during these hot summer months).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 maintenanceThere 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.Heating and cooling season is coming up! Make sure to check your filters regularly so that you can enjoy clean airflow throughout the house.If you have reusable filters, clean them. If you have disposable filters, replace them. I recommend doing this every one to three months.When it’s time to install a new HVAC system, ensure that there are no obstacles in your path. Clear out any branches or weeds around the area and make sure airflow isn’t restricted by anything before moving on with installation procedures!Lastly, one of the most effective ways to save money on heating and cooling bills is by using a programmable thermostat. With this device you can set your house’s temperature when away or have it stay at an optimum level no matter where in time period that may be- making sure nothing runs unnecessarily!Let the Pro’s Handle ItWhile 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 CoolNow 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.Give Comfort Time a call at (562) 245-9687 for all your heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration needs!Our service area includes Downey, Hacienda Heights, La Habra, La Mirada, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier.