Spring is already here, and before the real heat of Florida’s spring arrives, you need to get your HVAC system up to speed. Routine HVAC system maintenance can keep your home cool and comfortable even on the hottest days.
HVAC System Maintenance Tasks for Your To-Do List
- Change the air filter. Most Florida homes use forced air systems like heat pumps and air conditioners to cool the home. Air filters, usually on the return vents, help keep dust and debris from getting into the ductwork and HVAC equipment. They also help improve indoor air quality. These filters need to be inspected at least once a month, and changed when they are dirty. Before turning on your cooling system for spring, make sure the filter is clean and ready.
- Clear the air vents. Airflow is essential for the HVAC system to work. That means air needs to flow in and out of the system without restriction. Make sure all vents are open, dust them thoroughly and vacuum with the wand attachment. Inspect the fins on the vents and straighten out any bent ones. Remove any furniture or other items that may be blocking air flow.
- Clean the outdoor unit. Dirt and debris can collect quite easily on the outdoor unit. This can diminish the unit’s ability to do its job efficiently. The unit also needs clear airflow. Use a hose to gently wash the dirt away from the coils and fins. Don’t use a pressure washer, as it can do a lot of damage to this equipment. Remove any weeds or accumulated debris from around the unit. If you’re not comfortable doing this work yourself, you can have it done by an HVAC professional.
- Schedule a seasonal maintenance call. Just like your car, your cooling system needs routine maintenance to run efficiently. At least once a year, call in a qualified HVAC technician to inspect, calibrate and maintain your heating and cooling systems. The technician will inspect the system from top to bottom to make sure it’s operating safely. They will check refrigerant levels, electrical contacts and other essential system points. Routine maintenance calls will limit the number of repairs needed for the system while saving you energy by keeping it running efficiently.
- Install a programmable thermostat. If you don’t already have one, a programmable thermostat is essential if you want to balance home comfort and energy costs. When you’re not home, there’s no need to keep the air as cold as you want it when you’re there. You can schedule the thermostat to raise and lower the temperatures so that you are comfortable at home, but saving energy when you are away. This is a project some homeowners may be comfortable doing themselves. However, having a professional do it is the better option.
- Seal and insulate the ductwork. Gaps, cracks and missing pieces of ductwork can lower the efficiency of your HVAC system by 20 percent or more. If the ductwork runs through an uncooled attic or crawl space, the air in the ducts can suffer with heat gain. All of this means your system is working harder and costing you more money. Sealing the ducts will keep the air in while insulating it will keep it cool. That saves you money and makes your home more comfortable. It’s work best left to professionals.
- Consider a replacement system. If your A/C or heat pump is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement. Newer systems are far more efficient, saving you money on energy costs. Plus, older systems can start breaking down, making repair costs go up. Spring is the perfect time to upgrade your system before the hot weather arrives. Talk with an HVAC contractor about what options would be best for your Florida home.
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