As your heating and the cooling system gets used and ages, it becomes more and more susceptible to breakdowns. Because of this, it's important to take a few steps that will help ensure optimal performance and keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape throughout the years. Consider using one or more of the following maintenance options:
Seal Your Air Ducts
Making sure that your home's air ducts are well sealed is an excellent way to reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system and decrease your overall energy bills throughout the year. Sealing your air ducts will also improve the air quality inside your home. You can seal the ducts yourself by wrapping any areas that are worn out, have holes, or are ripped with duct tape.
Alternatively, you can hire a professional to not only seal the ducts, but to insulate them too. Your service provider can also inspect your duct system and make replacements or repairs where needed before any problems they detect become too serious or costly to address.
Keep Tabs on Your Filters
It's also important to take the filters out of your HVAC system once a month or so to inspect them for tears, rips, and debris buildup. You can wash debris off disposable and reusable filters by simply wiping them clean with a soapy sponge, which should be done whether they look considerably dirty or not. When it comes to holes and tears, you'll need to replace the filters with new ones as soon as possible – consider keeping an extra filter or two in your utility closet to make replacements convenient.
Landscape with New Trees
Believe it or not, any trees outside your home can have a big impact on the performance of your HVAC throughout the year so plant some if you don't have many. When trees are planted near windows that get direct sunlight during the day, and by your HVAC system's exterior unit, they'll protect your home from the outdoor elements, so your heater and air conditioner don't have to work so hard which will help keep the need for repairs to a minimum as your system ages. Landscaping with new trees can even increase your property's overall value by up to 20 percent!
This tips and tricks should be easy to implement and are sure to make a positive impact on your HVAC's performance while keeping it in optimal shape, so you don't have to worry about lots of repair expenses as time goes on. You can also expect to save some money on energy costs every month. For more information, contact a company like Smedley & Associates.