Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer is coming, HVAC tips for optimal performance

Though it may not seem like it but summer is just around the corner. With the inevitable California heat so close now is a good time to look at your HVAC (air conditioning) unit(s) maintenance. The last thing you want to happen is your HVAC goes out in mid-summer which will cause a lot of uncomfortable nights and much higher cost to repair during peak season. 

Here are 3 ways to boost your HVAC system performance.

Don't Neglect Preventive Maintenance
Just like with your vehicle, regularly scheduled maintenance on HVAC systems can help prevent problems and extend the life of your unit. To keep everything running smoothly, stay on track with a checklist of monthly and annual tasks. Start by diligently changing air filters at least every three months or more frequently if you have pets or severe allergies.
Keep an Eye on Landscaping 
Some homeowners may be tempted to camouflage outdoor HVAC equipment with shrubs, grass or flowers to increase a property's curb appeal. If you're not thoughtful about landscaping around the unit, you could be compromising its effectiveness. Regularly clear away debris, including leaves and grass clippings, from the top and sides to avoid damage, and maintain a 2-foot clearance around the machinery so airflow isn't restricted.
Perform Preseason Inspections
Before seasons change, give the system a once-over and pay attention to what you see, feel and hear. Excessive noise, minimal airflow and high humidity can all be problematic. A qualified expert can identify issues as well as remove debris from air conditioner coils, show you how to clean the condensate drain and more.
Ultimately, your HVAC system's ability to perform throughout the year will largely depend on how well you maintain it. With a little time and effort, you can lower summer energy costs and keep your heating and cooling system in top shape.
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