Heating installation is a job best left up to the professionals, but when it comes to certain maintenance tasks, you can save the money and tackle these without a pro. The key is knowing what you can easily do on your own and when you should be doing it. This will help to ensure that you save money while making sure that your HVAC system is in excellent condition.
Make Sure the Outside Unit is Clean
With newer systems, there might be a part of it that sits on the outside of your home, and this means that it is exposed to the elements. It is a good idea to get into the habit of taking a look at it on a weekly basis. If you see any loose debris that you can safely remove, put on a pair of gloves and get the job done. When you reduce the buildup of debris, you are helping to preserve the life of your motor and the unit as a whole.
Check Your Air Filters On a Regular Basis
You probably already replace the air filters on your HVAC system, but if not, this is something you want to make it a point to do. How often they need to be changed will ultimately depend on your system. You can look at the filter and see if it is clogged and especially dirty. If it is, you can purchase filters at any hardware store. Simply remove the ones currently in your system and then insert the new ones and you are done. You should look at your filters about once a month to determine if replacement is necessary.
Look at the Registers Throughout Your Home
The registers either in the floors or on your baseboards usually pop right out of place, making it easy to inspect them and clean them. You will remove them about once a month and then use soap and water to clean them. When you keep them clean, this reduces any issues with dust or other impurities stopping the air from getting into your home. This will also help to keep your home cleaner overall and can reduce the number of allergens in the air. When you do this regularly, it makes it a quick and simple task.
Now you know more about keeping your HVAC system is great shape. After heating installation, you want to create a schedule so that you can stay on top of the maintenance. While some of the maintenance should be done by a reputable company, the tasks listed above can easily be done by you.