As you know, the Air Conditioning and Heating Service is one of the most expensive types
of repairs/services in a house. The following shows a
list of top 10 tips for taking care of your Air
Conditioning & Heating Service:
(1) Use of
Programmable Thermostats - Yearly energy savings can be
realized when using programmable thermostats. For
example, program your thermostat at 65 degrees at night
during the winter, then back to 72 degrees during the
(2) Seals -
Check the seals around windows, doors, electrical
outlets or any other potential sources for escaping air.
Seal these areas using a good quality caulk, and be sure
to re-examine your handiwork every few years.
Filter - Check the air filter in your furnace or fan
coil each month. A dirty filter will cause excessive
wear on your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump.
Replace your filter when necessary.
Exterior - If the exterior of your outdoor coil
(condensing unit) becomes dirty, use a brush or a vacuum
cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean the
surface. To clean dirt that is deep in the coil, contact
one of the Home Services Review selected contractors to
Debris - Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of
debris. If you keep grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery
and debris away from your outdoor unit, it should only
require minimal care. Check the base pan (under the
unit) occasionally and remove debris to help the unit
Ventilation - Inspect your furnace's combustion area and
vent system before each heating season. If you find
dirt, soot or rust, your system may not operate properly
or at it's peak efficiency. Call a professional and do
not operate your furnace until it is professionally
inspected and/or repaired.
Humidifier - Clean your humidifier at the beginning of
every heating season. Review your owner' manual for the
proper procedure to clean the evaporator pad and
ducts lose heated/cooled air into attic or crawl space.
Leaky ducts can also suck in mold, humidity, and
pollutants into your home. Mastic Seal ducts to improve
comfort and save money.
(9) Hot or
Cold rooms in your home may mean that your duct system
should be balanced. To improve comfort and keep from
overheating one room to get another room warm, have your
air flow checked and measure, by a Certified Balancing
Heating system safety inspected two times each year by a
N.A.T.E. Certified Technician. Have Cooling system
inspected one time each year.