Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is a system that supplies heating and cooling to residential homes as well as commercial buildings, always working to keep them at a comfortable temperature. It includes machines like furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps and other home comfort controls.
An HVAC system plays a major role in sustaining your home’s indoor air quality. It helps control the circulation, purification and moisture levels of air.
HVAC maintenance is a preventive measure that requires a detailed examination of your HVAC system. Many homeowners only call for residential HVAC services when something goes wrong, but that’s not the wisest thing. A regular, proper maintenance plan should be put in place to keep the HVAC system performing well.
What does HVAC maintenance include?
HVAC maintenance goes beyond just cleaning. HVAC specialists should examine every part of your home comfort system to identify problems and potential issues before they become major problems. This includes inspecting and testing the furnace system, replacing furnace filters and checking and testing the system’s safety controls.
For the cooling systems, maintenance can involve a regular cleaning, checking and replacing filters, as well as inspecting and testing the controls. In case you have a heat pump, depending on your location, winterizing or de-winterizing should be done any time between October and March to prepare for the coldest or hottest season.
Of course, you want a professional service company to come out and perform regular maintenance, but there are some simple tasks that you can do to keep your HVAC system in good working condition.
You should regularly clean your outdoor unit. This is the part of the HVAC system that heats and cools air before it enters your home. You should also check for any water accumulation around the unit, as this can be an indicator of a problem with pipe seals or insulation. Changing or cleaning filters is also something you can do on your own.
With a good HVAC maintenance plan, you’ll have better air quality, lower energy expenses and your HVAC system will last longer.