1. Have the air filter changed on a regular basis: Always make a point of checking air filters in the system at least once every month, or latest, three months. Simple acts such as cleaning dirty filters, as well as replacing broken ones can help reduce heating and cooling bills, as well as ensure the system runs smoothly. You can either have a technician check it for you, or just do it yourself.
2. Check the outdoor unit regularly: Most people neglect or even forget about the outdoor unit until it breaks down. The only way to ensure this system remains in top condition and functions properly is by clearing any vegetation or debris that may be surrounding it, and cleaning the condensing unit. You also need to look out for blocked air vents as well as sweep off any leaves or fins around the same. The fan or fins may also have accumulated some dust, which also needs to be cleaned too for efficiency.
3. Keep return and supply vents clear: Vents play a critical role in ensuring there’s proper air (warm or cold) circulation. Any blockage (carpets, furniture, animal air, clothes, etc.) could reduce the system’s efficiency, or even strain it. Nonetheless, ensuring all the vents are clear can help improve the system’s efficiency.
4. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance: Having the systems serviced by a certified technician/professional goes a long way in caring for the system. It is through the regular visits that the technician can detect broken systems or electricals that need replacing/fixing to restore its performance. Having the systems checked at least twice annually can help it function much better, and even prolong its lifespan. Some of the best times to schedule a maintenance visit include early in summer, and early winter. This is when these systems start operating to their optimal performance, and any slight problem can cause an emergency.
Ensuring these systems are serviced regularly helps eliminate expenses that come with broken fins, blades or even the vents.
5. Check refrigerant levels, thermostat, and ductwork: Ensuring the refrigerant is at the recommended levels, and that the thermostat is functioning properly are some of the simplest ways to ensure the system runs smoothly. If the coolant is too low, have it filled up. Leakage on ducts can cause heat loss and reduced system efficiency, especially during winter. This is the reason you should check them out to ensure there are no leaks.
6. Run system diagnostics: Running system diagnostics helps identify problematic parts and areas on the entire system. Having a technician run the diagnostics to help pinpoint problems, and have them rectified is mostly recommended. System diagnostics can be daunting especially to an untrained eye, which is why a professional is needed to ensure the system runs correctly.
As long as you can take good care of the HVAC system, you can then be assured of improved comfort in your home, and the system should also last longer as well.