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Preparing for My Dream Home

My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

The Simple Steps Of HVAC Maintenance

by Rita Richardson

If your building has a central air conditioner and furnace, it's not a component that you can just ignore until it eventually breaks down. Maintaining an HVAC system is crucial for prolonging the system's lifespan and providing air that has been properly heated or cooled. Here are some tips for maintaining your home's HVAC system.

Read the System's User Manual

Remember that user manual that you filed away soon after having the system installed? It is worth reading over that manual to understand how the HVAC system works. All HVAC systems are not identical, and yours may have certain quirks about maintaining the system that are described in the manual. While it may be a very dry read, knowing the manufacturer's recommended steps for maintenance can help ensure that you are doing everything correctly.

Regularly Change the Air Filter

Every furnace is going to have an air filter that can be easily swapped out with a new one. The filter helps trap all the dust, allergens, and debris that would otherwise make it into the air that flows through your home. Unfortunately, leaving a dirty filter in the unit can cause problems, such as trapping air in the air handler and causing the evaporator coil to freeze up. A dirty filter can also reduce airflow, making your HVAC system work harder than necessary to heat or cool your home. Consider having multiple replacement filters on hand, or purchase a filter that you can clean and reuse. Set up reminders on your phone's calendar to switch out or clean the filter according to the manufacturer's directions.

Remove Weeds Around the Compressor

The air conditioner's outdoor compressor is likely in a place that you do not visit that often such as the side of your building. It's important to take a look at what is growing around the compressor that could be blocking airflow to the fins around the unit. It's easy to pull out those weeds that are now growing right next to the compressor and causing problems with air flow, and your compressor will work better after doing so.

Schedule An Inspection

You won't know what to look for when it comes to inspecting individual components for wear and tear. That's why it helps to hire an HVAC professional like those at Service Tech, Inc., to perform an inspection of the entire HVAC system. They'll let you know if you have worn out belts that need replacement, or if everything is fine and you've been doing a great job at maintaining the system.