The cold season is almost here. Now is the perfect time to take charge and access the heating system of the building or home. If not done now, the occupants are bound to suffer discomfort later when it becomes too cold. A key point in HVAC system maintenance is to get it done just before the season truly sets in. This way, everybody stays happy, warm, and comfortable throughout the winters.
6 HVAC Maintenance Tips For Heating Season
To get you started on the right foot this winters, here are six HVAC system maintenance tips for the heating season:
1. Schedule The Annual Furnace Maintenance In Autumn – The most appropriate time for the furnace’s maintenance is the autumn season. At this time, the weather is pleasant enough, and one can easily stay without the warmth for a couple of hours while the tune-up is going on without any discomfort. Another benefit of HVAC system maintenance at this time is that the technicians are relatively free and can accommodate you at your convenience. At any other time, that is, the peak of the season, they will be armed deep in repairs, so getting hold of them quickly may become a problem. If necessary, you can either maintain a calendar reminding you of the maintenance due, or you could purchase a maintenance contract that suits your needs.
2. Replace The Air Filters Timely – The air filters are an important component of the HVAC system. These trap the dust, dander, and other small particles floating in the air making the air cleaner and improving the indoor air quality. If the filters are allowed to get dirty to such an extent that the flow of air is restricted, it is not good news for the building and the unit. Due to restricted airflow, the system works under strain, causing massive wear and tear of parts along with overheating. Both these occurrences are not good for the efficiency of the heating system. Additionally, it can also cause the unit to malfunction leading to costly repairs. In contrast, replacing the air filters periodically is a smaller price to pay.
3. Keep The Exterior Of The Units Clean – Usually, we dust and clean the indoor unit but forget its outside counterpart. It is the dust on the outside that tends to find its way inside. Therefore, cleaning the outdoor unit is as important as cleaning the indoor unit. The truth is that the condenser unit and the roof-top units suffer the brunt of natures’ elements, so they need additional care. The exterior unit should not have any pile-ups around it. Also, there shouldn’t be any bushes growing close to it that could cut the air supply to the outdoor air intake. Any contamination or blockage around the air intake will affect the air inside the complete building. The recommended clearance limit is at least two feet.
4. Fix All Water Leaks – Water leaks from the heating and cooling system can lead to mold. Mold does not stay confined to one place. Its spores can spread far and wide, expanding the colonies and leaving behind allergies. Mold growth anywhere in the building or the HVAC system is exceptionally bad for small children, the elderly, and those who suffer from breathing ailments. Fixing the leaks well in time will ensure there is no mold growth within and around the unit. A clean HVAC unit means improved efficiency and a lesser chance of spreading illness and allergies to the inhabitants and the workers. Additionally, water leaks from the unit can also cause short-circuit. So the problem needs to be dealt with promptly.
5. Replace All Worn Parts – Wear and tear is a normal occurrence in HVAC systems. They work long hours and sometimes even under extreme circumstances wearing out the moving components. Not changing the worn-out parts can cause more damage to the unit and often even result in breakdowns. The worn component can also break, resulting in strange noises, or cause overheating of the system. In either case, the performance of the heating and cooling system declines. If your heating unit has worn out parts that have not yet been replaced, there is a high chance that your home or building will not feel sufficiently warm even after hours of operation. The best course of action is to get the furnace inspected to identify all those parts that have worn out completely and those that will need replacement sometime soon. It will give you time to arrange for the necessary replacements so that nobody suffers unduly.
6. Get The Ducts And Vents Inspected – Ducts, vents, and flues are the most ignored part of the HVAC system. It is because these are hidden behind the walls, under the floor, or within the ceiling. Since they are not always in front of us, we tend to forget that they exist until a problem arises that is a direct result of this ignorance. Even though these are hidden, they perform a vital task. The flues send out the exhaust while the ducts move the treated air throughout the structure to keep it warm and cozy. Dislocated parts, corrosion, cracks, and holes can cause air leaks due to which the building does not warm up as per need. The furnace runs harder and longer, but there is no relief. A timely inspection of the ventilation system will minimize the chances of such incidents.
A Quick Recap
Keeping the building warm throughout the winter season is very simple. All you need to do is schedule the furnace maintenance in a timely, and adhere to the technicians’ recommendations. They will ensure that your HVAC is in top working order and gives you no headache when you need it the most.
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