Many people never even remember about their heating and cooling systems, until they aren’t working that is. You might never notice that your heating is there until it’s 15 degrees and suddenly your heat is not running correctly. Forgetting to maintain these systems can cause more hassle in the long run, so you will want to maintain them while they are still working correctly. Here are some commonly forgotten tips to maintaining your heating and cooling systems.
The most important thing that people need to know about their heating and cooling systems is that they must be maintained on a regular basis. You need to have a competent service technician clean and check your entire system at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. You also must check your furnace filter. Furnace filters must be changed every 30 days, whether you think they are dirty or not. A clean filter is an efficient one.
A good way to remember when to maintain your heating and cooling systems is using daylight savings time as a reminder. In the fall, when we fall back to the standard time make sure you also change the batteries in your thermostat and smoke alarms. Do it in the spring when we change times again. If you fall into this routine, it will help you remember to change the batteries for these important, but sometimes forgotten appliances.
Another tip to remember is NOT TO USE PLEATED FILTERS unless your unit specifically calls for it. If you use pleated filters, it will cut the efficiency of your unit and is very hard on the unit because it drops the air pressure.
Why these tips are important: $$$$.
These tips are important to complete because of money, plain and simple. Just like everything else in this world, if you don’t take care of your heating and cooling systems they will break down and cost you money to replace it. These costs can be more than you would even imagine if there is bad enough damage. Today’s world can be such a throw away one. If something is broken, instead of fixing it, you just buy a new one. Nothing is built to last. But the better you take care of it from the start, the longer it will last.
Who can do this maintenance:
Anyone can change his or her own filters and batteries. But when it comes to making sure that both your indoor and outdoor units are clean, in tip-top shape and working correctly you will want to call a professional to help you. Professional technicians are trained to clean and check all components, electrical, as well as gas, if applicable. They know what to look for in all aspects of heating and cooling systems, not just the most common problems that you might run across.
Effects of negligence on your systems:
There can be serious effects if you neglect this maintenance. If you neglect to maintain your systems, they will become increasingly less efficient as time goes on. This can mean your systems will start functioning at a drastically lower level of efficiency than originally intended. If left unmaintained for a long enough period, it can damage the system beyond repair or make repairs so cost prohibitive that a new system would make more sense than fixing the old.
Written by the staff at Controlled Aire Heating & Cooling, where they specialize in humidifier installation, fireplace installation and repair, and heating and cooling in Moberly, MO.