You generally need your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) all year round. This is why it is very important to keep your HVAC in good working order. Failing to maintain your HVAC system can result in costly repairs and it may even be one of the factors affecting your home inspection report in Alberta if you decide to sell your home.
How can you care all year round for your HVAC system to prolong its life and keep it working as it should?
Clean the outdoor unit
In the spring, summer, and fall, it is very important to check your outdoor unit once a month to clear out any debris. Leaves, grass, or other items can easily affect the effectiveness of the unit if they obstruct the airflow. It is also good to ensure that shrubs or tree branches don’t start to encroach on the outdoor unit.
Routine maintenance for your HVAC
You also need to regularly maintain your air-conditioning system and heating system. A regular inspection of the filters will make sure that there are no blockages. You should also follow the manufacturer’s instructions on when filters should be changed.
The best time to schedule regular maintenance of your HVAC system is at the end of spring for your air conditioning system and the end of the fall for your heating system.
Don’t run your HVAC systems 24/7
You also need to give your HVAC a break every once in a while. So, during summer months, switch off the air conditioning and open windows to let fresh air circulate throughout your home.
During the winter, it is good to keep a close eye on the thermostat to make sure that your heating system isn’t getting overworked. This will not only save your heating bills, but it will prolong the life of your furnace.
It is also important to maximize natural sunlight coming into your home and fix any leaks around windows and doors.