Tips for Coming Up With a Maintenance Plan with Your Heating and Cooling Company
In order to get the most from your heating and cooling systems, itâ€™s important to have regular inspections and make repairs as quickly as possible.Â A properly-maintained and serviced system lasts longer and works more efficiently.Â Here are some things to keep in mind when coming up with a maintenance plan for your HVAC system to get the best efficiency and longevity from it.
Your Maintenance Plan Checklist
The basis of your maintenance plan should be an inspection, followed by necessary maintenance.Â These points should be on your checklist to be covered on an annual basis:
- Visual inspection of the refrigerant lines that connect outdoor HVAC components to the rest of the system in the home. The insulation should be in good condition, with no holes or large cracks.
- Inspection of the pad or ground beneath outdoor system components; it should be level and firm.
- Preventive maintenance or eradication for mold or mildew in damp areas where condensate may collect and cause problems.
- Testing of the function of various components, including blower fans, compressors and other essentials.
Tips for the Homeowner
There are several steps you can take on your own to keep your HVAC system in excellent condition.Â If youâ€™re unable to carry out these tasks, they can be included in the maintenance plan you set up with your heating and cooling company.Â Some of these tasks should be completed as soon as possible, while others can be done on an annual or seasonal basis.
- Invest in a good air filter. Some high-efficiency filters are pleated and carry an electrostatic charge.Â This charge makes the filter able to grab and hold the tiniest contaminants, including the ones that carry bacteria into your home.
- Replace your air filter at least four times a year. If you have furry indoor pets, you may need to change the filter more often, as much as once a month.
- Ensure there is enough space around the outdoor components of your system. There should be a clear area of at least two feet on each side and the top of HVAC components like heat pumps and air conditioning units.
- For the summer months, the furnace humidifier water supply should be turned off. This should be done once the furnace will no longer be used for the season.
- Before the furnace is put into use in the fall, the relative humidity for the furnace humidifier should be set between 35%-40%, and the water supply turned on.
- Change the battery in your carbon monoxide detector every six months. Many homeowners carry out this task at the time when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends.
Maintaining the System
When you hire a company to take care of your heating and cooling system, make sure you know exactly which services they offer.Â Be clear in what you want in your maintenance plan; not every company will have the same guidelines for maintaining your system.Â Itâ€™s up to you to know whatâ€™s being offered and whether it fits your needs.