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HVAC Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

If you have an HVAC system, which means a heating and/or air conditioning system, then it’s important to keep that maintained. Otherwise, you can miss problems that are easy to fix but can become bigger issues down the road. Maintenance also keeps your HVAC system running as smoothly as possible, which means that there’s no extra wear and tear on the system and that it runs as efficiently as possible. This saves you money in repairs and energy costs. Interested but not sure how to maintain your HVAC system? Here are some tips.

Change Your Filters

Some people say that you should change your filters every month, while others say that every 90 days is acceptable. The truth is, it depends on your system and on how often you use it. Look in the manufacturer’s records and see what they recommend. If there a range, like 30 to 90 days, replace at the short end of the range when you’re using the system every day and at the longer end when you are using it rarely.

Check Your Air Ducts

Turn your system on and make sure that air is flowing out of all of the ducts in your home. You should be able to tell simply by passing a hand over the duct. If there’s no air coming out, make sure that the duct is open. If there is less air coming out in some places than in others, it might be time to have an HVAC professional come out and take a look at your ducts.

Check for Obstructions

If you have outdoor units, like air conditioners, check around them to make sure that nothing is obstructing the flow of air into the unit. You may want to open the unit and clean out any dust or debris you find inside of it. This can go far towards helping your unit function as efficiently as possible. Check your air intake vents in the house, too. Make sure that they are as open as possible to fresh air. Otherwise, your system will have to work too hard to get the air it needs to heat or cool your house.

Keep Critters Out

Some small animals and bugs like to get inside your heating or cooling system because it helps them regulate their own temperatures. If you find evidence of something living in your HVAC system, take whatever steps are necessary to evict them. You may need to use sprays, call exterminators, or call in HVAC professionals to get rid of the problem. These creatures need to go, though, because they can cause all sorts of damage to the system and its components.

It’s also a good idea to call in a professional to have them look at your system once or twice a year. At Service First Pros, we have experienced HVAC technicians standing by, ready to help you out when you need it. We’ll find a time that’s convenient for you, then send someone over to help you maintain your system.

Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Heating Unit

It’s getting chilly outside! Are you and your family ready for winter? You’ll want to get your home all prepared so you can rest assured that everything will work again for you next spring.

One of the most important things to consider when winter is coming is your heating system. Is your furnace ready for winter? Is it in good shape and prepared to run well for you all winter long?

If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea to get it looked at. There are a few other things to take into consideration, too. If these things are true of your furnace or heating system, then it may be time to get a new heating unit.

Your Furnace is Old

If your furnace is over 15 years old, you may want to consider replacing it. Some of them will run for years beyond that, but many will start having problems or working less efficiently at about the 15-year mark. If you want to make sure that your old furnace won’t have trouble heating your home this winter, the best thing you can do is replace it.

You Spend a Lot Keeping It Running

If you have to spend a lot of money every year just to keep your furnace going, then it might be time to consider a new one. Sure, a furnace is a significant investment, but over time you may find that you actually spend more on repairs than you would on a brand new unit. Besides, you often can’t use your furnace while you’re waiting for it to be repaired, so you end up uncomfortable, too.

Your Home Isn’t Warm

If you run your furnace all the time but your house is still colder than you would like it to be, then it might be time to think about a new furnace. When heating units get old, they often stop working as well. It may be the case that your furnace simply cannot heat your home the way it used it. When this happens, you can do all of the work possible on it but the best option is still getting a new one.

Your Heating Bill is Going Up

Are you paying more in heating costs than you used to? Chances are, your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it used to. There are a few things we can check to make sure it is running as efficiently as possible, but it will just lose efficiency as it gets older. This means that you may pay more and more for heating until you replace it.

If it’s time for a new heater or you’d like us to evaluate yours and let you know what we think, call Service First Pros today. We’ll send out an expert HVAC technician to examine your heater and give you an honest opinion. And if it’s time to replace it, we’ll help you choose the right one, then install it to your satisfaction.

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