When the seasons change here in Severna Park, Maryland, you may notice that your HVAC system has to work overtime to keep up. Protect your heating and cooling system by following these tips to extend the life of the HVAC.
The easiest way to keep your HVAC system running is to bring in an expert technician for regular maintenance. It’s best to have the heating system checked out at the start of the fall, just before you start using it, and the cooling system at the start of the spring.
During a tuneup, the HVAC technician inspects each part to make sure it’s working properly. The service also includes a flush of the drainage system, coil cleaning, and a check of the overall efficiency. If there are any problems, the technician can recommend repair before the situation becomes much worse.
Swap the Filter
If you’re like many people, you may just forget to change the filters in your heating and cooling systems regularly. This critical task should be done at least once every few months since the filter keeps dirt and other debris from moving into the system. When they get overloaded with dirt, the filters can’t do their job as well, reducing the overall efficiency of the system. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, try using filters with higher MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) ratings to improve the air quality.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
The outdoor unit of your cooling system needs plenty of space around it to allow for better airflow and to maintain efficiency. It houses the condenser unit, which is one of the most valuable components of the air conditioner. Trim any trees and bushes around the outdoor unit and keep an eye on it to keep everything inside free of debris.