How to Maintain Your HVAC System
A well-maintained HVAC system is the key to lowering utility bills and improving air quality in a Rossville home. Despite this, the ductwork of the home tends to be ignored until it becomes a definitive problem. Here are a few easy ways to address the problem before it gets out of hand.
Examine the Filters
Even for homeowners without pets, dust and dirt can accumulate in filters quickly. The more clogged those filters are, the more debris everyone will breathe in. Depending on who lives in the home and where it is, some homeowners find themselves changing out their filters every month. Even the most diligent of cleaners can only go up to six months before needing to replace. The best way to gauge the rate is to check the filters often. This will give owners an idea of how they are affected by different seasons and life events (e.g., a new pet addition).
Notice the Changes
A poorly maintained HVAC system will share its secrets in the form of musty or stale air. When people go out into the fresh air and come home to a very different kind of smell, it's a sign the vents need to be checked. Homeowners can also get a sense of the quality of the air just by looking at it through the lens of a ray of sunshine. The more particles revealed in the sun will signify that there's a serious clog somewhere along the way. When looking at the vents, keep an eye out for discolorations or growths that may signal mold or bacteria.
Learn Basic HVAC Maintenance
Beyond inspections, there are a few things that homeowners can do beyond changing the filters:
- Dismantle, clean, and reassemble fans to eliminate the distribution of dust.
- Replace bearings and cassettes on fan systems to ensure proper functionality.
- Realign belts on the system, and tighten/loosen whenever possible.
HVAC maintenance doesn't have to start when the system starts to make too much noise to be ignored. While not every skill is easy to learn, the simple act of becoming familiar with the components can help homeowners understand when there's a problem (and maybe even inspire them to fix it on their own).