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An HVAC unit plays a big role in keeping your home comfortable all year. A well-maintained system can offer improved performance while saving you money. Proactive maintenance also can extend the life of your system and avoid costly repairs.
Here are some tips on maintaining your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
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Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat gives you the flexibility to set the temperature with a smartphone or other mobile device. You can create a schedule to automatically raise or lower the temperature while you are away from home. You can save money on your utility bill while reducing wear and tear on your system.
Inspect the Condenser
The condenser outside your home is built to withstand the elements, but it can still experience significant damage after a major storm. Always checking your condenser for any sign of damage is important in keeping your system well-maintained. If you notice any problems, it's a good idea to contact an HVAC company to check out your condenser. Staying proactive by removing any weeds or leaves around your system will also give your unit plenty of airflow.
Replace the Air Filter
Air filters get dirty and become clogged with debris. A dirty filter forces your system to work harder, making it more difficult to keep your home comfortable. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in replacing the air filter to maximize the lifespan of your unit. Most filters need to be switched out every one to three months.
Give Your System a Break
Running your HVAC unit nearly nonstop increases your utility bill and puts significant wear and tear on your system. But you can give your system a break in a variety of ways, from using a ceiling fan in summer to opening your shades during the winter.
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Schedule Professional Maintenance
One way to keep your HVAC unit running at an optimal level is to schedule professional tuneup services in the spring and fall. These professionals can inspect and clean your system to prepare it for the changing of the seasons. An HVAC technician can make minor repairs to help you avoid more costly problems in the future.
Understanding how to increase the life of your HVAC unit can save you money and avoid stress. Following these simple tips can help.