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Nov 09 2016

Should I Clean My Heating and Cooling System After Wintertime Use?

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Regular maintenance of your home's heating and cooling system will prolong its life and reward you with a cleaner, more comfortable home environment. You'll also save money in the form of reduced energy bills. Many aspects of HVAC system maintenance are best handled by a professional technician, but what if you could do something yourself to help prolong your unit’s life?

Change Your Air Filter Every Month

The winter season can be hard on an HVAC system. Windows and doors tend to stay closed and airborne pollutants can be pulled into the inner workings of your heating and cooling system if your air filter is not regularly cleaned or replaced. Disposable filters should be changed every month, particularly in homes shared with pets or smokers. Washable filters should be cleaned at similar intervals. An air filter will protect your system and extend its life while maintaining a high level of indoor air quality to protect residents within your home.

Maintain Several Feet of Space Around the Outdoor Components of Your HVAC System

The outdoor compressor for your HVAC system (with central air conditioners as well as heat pumps) must have adequate air flow in order to properly heat and/or cool your home. Metal fins on the unit must be protected from damage which could cause them to kink and restrict air flow. Keep grass neatly trimmed and routinely remove debris within several feet of your unit. If the coils appear dirty, clean them with a garden hose.  

Spring Maintenance Inspections Are Important

Scheduling a spring maintenance inspection with the friendly professionals at Comfort Services is the best way to ensure your heating and cooling system is clean and ready to go after a long winter run. A clean system can save as much as 30 percent on energy bills and regular maintenance inspections allow you to deal with small issues before they become major repairs. 

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