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10 tips for maintaining your HVAC system this summer

Programmable thermostat can help keep your house cool and save on energy costs.


Palm Beach County summers can be brutal, especially when your HVAC system is not working properly. Now is the time to make sure your air conditioning is ready:

  • Change air filters regularly. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, causing the system to work harder and be less efficient. Check your filters monthly and replace them as needed, typically every three months or according to the manufacturer's recommendation.

  • Clean outdoor units. Keep the area around your outdoor unit (condenser) free of debris, leaves and vegetation. Clean the fins and coils gently with a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and dust, being careful not to damage them.

  • Inspect and clean the indoor unit. Make sure the indoor unit (evaporator) is clean and dust-free. Clean the evaporator coils with a soft brush or specialized coil cleaner. Check the condensate drain for clogs, and clean it as necessary.

  • Check the ductwork. Inspect your ductwork for leaks, damage and loose connections. Seal any leaks with mastic sealant or metal tape, and insulate exposed ducts to improve energy efficiency.

  • Schedule regular professional maintenance. Hire a licensed technician to inspect, clean and service your system at least once a year, preferably before the heating or cooling season. The technician will check the refrigerant levels, test electrical connections, lubricate moving parts and perform other essential maintenance tasks.

  • Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can help you save energy by setting different temperatures for various times of the day or week.

  • Monitor system performance. Pay attention to unusual noises, poor airflow or a sudden increase in energy bills, as these could indicate issues with your HVAC system that require professional attention.

  • Keep vents and registers clean. Regularly clean and dust vents, registers and grilles to ensure proper airflow throughout your home. Make sure they are not obstructed by furniture or curtains.

  • Insulate your home. Proper insulation and sealing of your home can help your HVAC system operate more efficiently by reducing heat loss or gain. Insulate walls, attics and floors, and seal any gaps or cracks in windows and doors.

  • Maintain proper thermostat settings. Avoid setting your thermostat too high or too low, as this can strain your HVAC system and increase energy consumption. Aim for a temperature that balances comfort and energy efficiency.

By following these maintenance steps, you can help ensure that your HVAC system operates efficiently, maintains comfort and lasts a long time.


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