With the new year comes new opportunities in doing things like getting more home maintenance done this year, HVAC maintenance in particular. In today’s post, Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning shares some heating and cooling maintenance habits that you should start getting into this year.
Why HVAC Maintenance is Important
Ideally, HVAC maintenance should be done twice a year — once for the winter, another for summer. Keeping up with regular maintenance helps prevent problems caused by wear incurred during seasons of heavy use. It also helps maintain HVAC efficiency and prevent unexpected breakdowns. Some HVAC maintenance tasks, such as visual inspections and air filter replacement, can be done without the aid of an HVAC technician.
HVAC Maintenance Habits for 2023
To get you started on your HVAC maintenance resolutions, here are some things that you can do.
Check the air vents. Start with an easy visual inspection task like checking the air vents in every room. Pay attention to dust, dirt and odors that may be stuck on the vent grilles. If you keep pets indoors, make sure to check the heating vents for animal hair. Regularly cleaning the air vents can help prevent dust, dander and other indoor air pollutants from circulating.
Replace the air filters every three months. HVAC air filters collect dirt, dust and other airborne particles in your home. It usually gets filled to capacity every three months or so, so it’s important to keep an eye on them and replace them when full. Air filters are designed to be user-replaceable, which means you can do it without setting an appointment with your local HVAC contractors. If you have ductless mini split systems, the air filters are typically washable — which can also be done without the aid of a professional.
Always start troubleshooting with the thermostat. HVAC service appointments are often due to a malfunctioning thermostat, which are usually resolved by performing a factory reset or replacing its batteries. Before you call for an HVAC appointment, follow the troubleshooting steps on the user guide — it may save you the cost of a service appointment.
Call Schmitt for Your HVAC Needs
For more than 100 years, residents and business owners in San Francisco have trusted Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning for HVAC services such as residential and commercial HVAC repair. Call us today at (415) 522-0966 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.