Did you know one of the main reasons for HVAC failure in homes today is dirt? Something as simple as keeping your AC and heating system clean, can prevent a number of problems during the year. So, what’s the best way to keep things clean and running smoothly? Let’s take a closer look and see.
How often do you change your HVAC filter? Each time your cooling system starts up, the blower motor comes on. It sucks air from inside the home, so it can remove the heat and return chilled air to your home interior. The only thing keeping dust, dirt and debris from getting inside the AC unit, is the filter. Your heating system uses the same filtration system in winter.
A dirty or clogged filter prevents proper air flow and this can seriously reduce your cooling or heating capacity. In addition, it makes the AC work much harder and can place premature wear and tear on many of the components.
A hard working AC system is inefficient and uses up more energy. This will cost you in higher electric bills during the warm months. In addition, when airflow is limited you and your family may not be as comfortable because the house won’t get cool enough in hot weather.
Check your filters at least once a month during the summer and cold months of winter. If the filter appears dirty or clogged, replace it.
While your cooling system works, dirt has ways of getting inside. In fact, it may eventually prevent moisture from draining out of the unit or cause the compressor to overheat. Clean your outside coils regularly with your garden hose or a soft brush and talk to your HVAC professionals about annual cleanings. They are inexpensive and can save you a lot of headaches.