Pretty much anybody who has experience with HVAC maintenance will tell you that it is all about taking those important preventative measures. That is, even the most basic maintenance jobs — which are usually very affordable and easy — can have a lasting impact on your system in a number of ways. Most importantly, it can prevent serious damage to the expensive appliances that can be very hard to repair. Obviously, you never want to get to the point where you have to completely replace an expensive appliance because you neglected to maintain it. This article runs you through two of the most important things you can do, as a homeowner, to protect your HVAC system in the long term.
Change Your Filters on a Regular Basis
The first thing you should do to protect your HVAC system is to replace the filter as recommended. If you look closely at the filter box, it will say exactly how often it should be changed. Usually, filters are only meant to last less than six months. However, many people actually don't replace the air filters more than once every couple of years. This is going to be detrimental to the overall efficiency of your HVAC system, and to the quality of the air in your home.
Obviously, since an air filter is so affordable — you can usually get a pack of three for less than $30 bucks — it is a no-brainer. Also, it is very easy to replace your own filters without any tools or HVAC experience.
Cleaning Inside and Outside of a Furnace
Another important maintenance task that can save you money in the long term is to clean your furnace. Beyond just the filter, your furnace needs to be cleaned every once in a while in order to protect the pump and motor from becoming caked in dust. Since furnaces are usually located in dirty rooms, like the garages and storage rooms, it isn't surprising that they can get dirty very easily.
By simply cleaning the inside and outside of your filter once a year,the vital electrical components that power the whole HVAC system are going to stay clean and they are going to work more efficiently.
As you can see, neither of these jobs are technical, time consuming, or expensive. It only becomes expensive if you neglect the work and leave your system alone for too long. Contact a furnace repair service for more help.