Take good care of your HVAC system, and it will take good care of you. This includes not only maintaining your system on your own but also scheduling preventive maintenance each year. Preventive maintenance helps because an experienced technician knows what to look for with respect to wear and tear. He can tighten what’s loose and replace what’s broken before it has the chance to break down.
You and your technician make a good team when you work together to take the best possible care of your HVAC system. Our team at Ambient Edge wants to be your partner. Give us a call today at (928) 433-2979 for a consultation to discuss your options for preventive maintenance.
Learn Everything You Can About Your HVAC System
This may seem obvious, but it’s true. The more you know about your HVAC system, the more you will be able to take care of it. Once you know the sounds it should or shouldn’t make, and the way things should or shouldn’t look, you can easily diagnose a problem before it becomes a major issue. This can save you money, time, and resources later when you learn all you can about your HVAC system right now.
Your Air Filters Are Everything
Did you know you have air filters in both your furnace and your air conditioner? These little parts may seem trivial, but they can surprise you with the damage they can cause if you don’t clean them regularly. One of the most important pieces of advice we can give you with respect to taking care of your HVAC system is taking care of its air filters.
Clean your filters regularly – typically once a week or more, depending on how often you use your HVAC system. When your filters can no longer be cleaned and do a great job, usually every 90 days (60 if you have pets), then it’s time to replace them.
A dirty air filter not only prevents air from flowing properly, but those clogs unstick eventually. Where do they end up? In your indoor airflow, where you and your family breathe them in. Clean and change your air filters regularly and you’ll notice a major difference in your system.
Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit Clean
Keeping your air conditioner free of any obstacles that could get in the way of airflow is one of the best ways to maintain your AC unit. This is especially true for outdoor units, but obstacles to indoor units can be just as harmful.
Regularly sweep around your outdoor unit and trim back any foliage within a two-foot radius around the unit. You can also lightly (very lightly) brush the tines inside the outdoor unit with a soft brush to remove any debris.
Ultimately, you want to keep your condenser safe. The condenser is one of the most important parts of an air conditioner. As such, when it breaks down, it can be very expensive to fix. You want to make sure you do everything possible to prevent that from happening.
Keep an Eye on Your Ducts
You may think your HVAC system is running fine – and it probably is. However, what you don’t realize is that all the air it is cooling down or heating up is slowly escaping out of your leaking air ducts. No wonder the house never seems to achieve the right temperature!
Check your ducts regularly for signs of leaks or wear-and-tear. The less your unit has to run, the longer it will live. If your ducts are leaking, then your HVAC unit is surely running much more often than it should. Protect your HVAC unit and periodically check on those ducts.
Stop Touching the Thermostat
If you don’t have a smart thermostat, it’s a good idea to get one. If you do have one, set it and leave it alone. When you’re constantly adjusting your thermostat, you force your HVAC unit to work harder to meet your needs. Find the ideal temperature for your home and leave it there. It will get to that temperature eventually. You can stretch out the life of your HVAC system simply by not fiddling with the thermostat.
Ambient Edge Can Help with Preventive Maintenance
Our team at Ambient Edge serves to complement your efforts to take care of your HVAC unit. In addition to you checking on it and fixing it as necessary, we can also be there once a year to poke around and make sure everything is operating as it should. You can also feel completely protected in that we offer all our customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our work, so you never need to worry about us breaking something that worked just fine before we showed up.
Schedule an appointment with our team today to discuss the right kind of preventive maintenance contract for you. Send us a message on our website or call us at (928) 433-2979. When we take care of your HVAC unit together, you’ll be surprised at how well it runs, and for how long. So call us today, and let’s get started!