If you’re like most of us, you’ve got a busy schedule. You work all day, then run to the grocery store. Whoops, now you’re late for Jamie’s soccer game…it’s exhausting, and there’s always so much to do! One thing that’s easy to forget while we’re managing our hectic lives is annual HVAC maintenance. An all-but-invisible component in your home, your HVAC system is the strong, silent type—until something goes wrong, that is. Be sure to get ahead of any issues with an inspection! Fall is a great time for inspection and maintenance: Heavy usage of the air conditioning system to beat the Nashville heat is just a summer memory, while the temperature outside is still warm enough to keep the heat off. While some components of your HVAC system are best left to a professional, there are simple checks you can do as a homeowner to make sure your system is in tip-top shape.
Make sure you have sufficient clearance around your outdoor HVAC units. Air conditioners and heat pumps should have at least two feet of clearance.
Remove sticks, leaves, twigs, errant plants, and any debris from the top and sides of your unit. Don’t allow your lawnmower to discharge grass into your unit. If your unit’s coils are covered in pollen, a quick rinse with a garden hose will eliminate build-up.
Make sure your units are level, and are standing on solid ground or a solid mounting pad. Units placed on loose soil or a shaky base are almost guaranteed to have issues down the road.
Clean or change the filter in your home’s central air system. New high-efficiency electrostatic filters grab dust and debris from the air like a magnet, to give your home great indoor air quality. According to Energy Star, this should be done once a month to keep your system running at peak efficiency.
Check your registers and grilles. Does the sofa need to be moved to ensure the floor register is clear in the man cave? Is that armoire blocking a wall grille in the guest room? Keeping registers and grilles clear will eliminate unnecessary stress on your HVAC system.
Check your thermostat settings. Keeping your thermostat set to 68 degrees (and grabbing a sweater when you get chilly!) will help keep your heating bills low. You can also lower the heat while you’re at work, or any time your home will be unoccupied for four consecutive hours. Programmable thermostats offer an easy and convenient way to automatically regulate your home’s temperature. You have the option to run different heating programs that are customized to your heating needs.
Check the damper on your fireplace. The damper should have a tight fit, and should be closed when the fireplace isn’t in use.
There are plenty of additional components of your HVAC system to inspect to make sure everything is in proper working order. However, unless you’re comfortable measuring the current and voltage on your system’s motors, or using a manometer to check the gas pressure in your furnace, these components are better left to inspection by a professional. Why not call us here at Synergy to set up an inspection today? Our technicians will use their knowledge and expertise to give your HVAC system a thorough and professional inspection. If we find your system needs additional maintenance, we have the tools and the know-how to get it fixed right. Call us today!