Your HVAC system needs some TLC over the years. You can't expect everything to remain efficient and functional if you don't maintain it. Even if you have a top-of-the-line appliance, your system could start to lose their efficiency after just a few years.
The Importance of Professional Services
Of course, there is no replacement for having professional HVAC technicians come to your house to service your system. They can find and fix problems that could lead to inefficiency. They can clean your system to make sure the air flowing into your home is healthy and free of allergens or mold. This is why it is a good idea to have an HVAC technician come to your house at least once a year.
If you use your both air conditioning and heater throughout the year, it is a good idea to have professionals come at the end or beginning of the season. That is, you can have them come service your AC system before summer hits, and your heating system before winter hits.
Cleaning Your Filters Between Professional Visits
In between these professional visits, there are a few things that you should do as a homeowner, like changing your air filters. First of all, most air filters do not only have 3 to 6-month lifespan. And, if you are using your system frequently, they could need to be replaced even sooner. As a result, it is smart to replace your filters in between your professional technician visits. Replacing air filters is very easy to do, and it is vital to the functionality and efficiency of your system. In fact, you can buy air filters in the stores, so you always have them on hand. The cost of a single filter is usually around $20. So, changing your filters three times a year is not going to be that expensive, and is going to be worthwhile in the long run.
Most filters can be easily changed without any tools at all. If you open your furnace cabinet, you might see the furnace filter compartment directly inside. In fact, on some cabinets, the filter compartment is located on the outside of it. So, you can remove the filter and replace it without even opening up your furnace.
As you can see, you don't need to be HVAC expert to do a little bit of cleaning and maintenance that will improve the efficiency of your system. For more information on water heater maintenance, contact your local HVAC specialist.