The air ducts in your home are used to transport cool (or warm) air to other areas of your home after your furnace, or air conditioning unit has conditioned the air. This ductwork can get quite dirty from things like:
Chances are your air conditioning unit is only used a few months out of every year. Aside from the summer months when it is extremely hot out, an air conditioner doesn’t serve much purpose. Because of this, the unit should receive a thorough cleaning each year, at the beginning of the summer season. Without this cleaning, your unit will decrease in efficiency. When your air conditioner has to work harder and harder to cool your home, this can lead to pretty expensive utility bills. Many people even end up turning their thermostat up to decrease the amount of use they are seeing with their air conditioner. If you want to be able to stay cool on those hottest of summer days, a little bit of routine maintenance now will go a long way.
We can also asses the insulation in your home. You probably think this is an important factor during the winter months, but actually, insulation protects your home year round. It allows you to keep warm air in (and cold air out) during the winter months. In the summer, you can keep the scorching hot heat outside, and the cool conditioned air inside where it belongs. Many homes are under-insulated or are missing insulation in their walls entirely. Let us take a look at your home to determine if you would benefit from additional insulation.
An air purification unit may already be installed as part of your HVAC unit, or you might be interested in having one added on this year. It’s a great investment to make, especially if you or someone in your household suffers from seasonal allergies during the summer months. A high-quality purification device allows you to remove unwanted particulates from the air that you are breathing. You can eliminate all kinds of things from your home like odors, pollen, dust, germs, and more.
Changing Your Filter
This is something that you can do on your own, and you should do it periodically. We can also assist you with this process when we are there, or we may be able to recommend a better quality filter that would improve your indoor air quality overall. Depending on the type of filter that you select, you will have to change your filter once every thirty days, or for some filters, you can change the filter out once every ninety days. The filter you purchase will tell you what the recommended time frame is. There are different types of filters to choose from, but make sure to stick with the size and type that is recommended for your specific appliance. Adding a carbon filter to your regimen can help with your indoor air quality quite a bit if you are concerned.
The electrical components in your HVAC system are what keep your unit running. These parts should be inspected approximately once every year to clean and repair any minor damage like frayed wires. If you leave this type of damage in its place, this can eventually lead to a lot of problems with your unit including:
Complete failure of the unit
Your typical HVAC system will last you anywhere from 15 to 20 years, or even longer if it has been well taken care of over the years. Routine maintenance can make a big difference in how long you can keep your unit around, but of course, failure does happen, and there will come a time when you will need to think about a total replacement. When we come to your home to complete routine summer maintenance, we take a look at your unit as a whole. We will be very honest with you, and let you know if the time is coming near where you will have to replace your furnace, or air conditioning unit.If you are interested in finding out more about an air conditioning unit in your home, or you want to have your current system serviced, give us a call today. We have a summer HVAC service checklist that we use to make sure that your system is in working order and that it will serve you well for years to come!