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To ensure your home’s HVAC system runs at its best, you can perform a few maintenance tasks yourself in between your annual tune-up visits. Most of the tasks you can do include light cleaning that will help maintain proper airflow and operation, and these tasks can easily be added to your usual spring cleaning and yardwork.
Here are some simple things you can do.
- Clean or change the air filter on your indoor HVAC unit. The change of season is a good time to do this since the typical recommendation is every three months, but check your manufacturer’s instructions to be sure about the frequency.
- Remove any yard debris such as leaves and sticks from the outdoor unit so air can flow freely.
- Rinse the coils of the outdoor unit with a garden hose before the cooling season start. Use only light water pressure so you don’t damage the unit.
- Dust or vacuum your indoor supply and return registers.
- Move furniture and curtains away from the registers so air flows freely.
Cleaning your HVAC system and keeping it free of obstructions helps maximize airflow and allows it to perform more efficiently. Doing these simple tasks and scheduling an annual professional tune-up are the keys to longer performance life. Routine maintenance can also increase operating efficiency by up to 20 percent.
For even greater peace of mind, you can also enroll in an HVAC preventive maintenance plan that will ensure your heating and cooling equipment is annually inspected and serviced. Additional preventive maintenance plan benefits can include discounts on parts and service and priority status during an emergency. To learn about preventive maintenance plans from IT Landes, contact a trusted advisor at 215-256-4221 or visit our Gold Shield Comfort Agreement web page. We offer plans for a variety of equipment types and budgets, so you can choose what works best for you.