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Maintaining Your Heating & Air Conditioning System

Maintaining Your Heating & Air Conditioning System

HVAC Maintenance | Heating and Air Conditioning

HVAC professionals are often asked how often their heating and air conditioning system should be serviced. Routine HVAC maintenance will keep your system operating at peak performance, reduce the number of potential breakdowns and provide a longer service life for the unit. Ideally, have the system inspected and serviced in the spring before you begin using the air conditioning in the summer, and again in the fall before you start using the heat in the winter.

During a routine service call, your system will be inspected, tuned up for optimal performance, maintenance will be provided and any potential problems can be addressed before they become a larger problem, and a greater expense to repair.

An example of the benefit received from preventive service is when it is noted that your system has dirty coils. Not only will dirty coils cause your system to work harder and use more energy, but it can also cause damage to the system. Dirty coils can cause leakage of condensate onto your home’s floor, resulting in costly repair due to water damage. The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, is especially true of your heating and air conditioning.

Family members with heart and lung disorders depend upon air conditioning to breathe easier. This is especially true in areas where high humidity and heat is common. Increased humidity makes it feel hotter, and for those with health problems it can cause breathing to be extremely difficult or even life threatening. For homeowners with family members who experience respiratory problems, allergies and asthma you may want to ask your heating and air conditioning professional if using a HEPA filter with your HVAC system to obtain cleaner air is possible.

For the majority of heating and air conditioning systems, change the filters at least once a month. A dirty and clogged filter causes your system work harder increasing energy use, and reducing performance. In addition, a dirty air filter can cause damage to your HVAC system. The type of filter you use in your system will determine how often you need to change it. All filters should be inspected at least once a month, and changed or cleaned as specified by the manufacturer. The value brand blue fiberglass filters that cost $1 each should be changed monthly, but don’t expect them to clean your air efficiently. They will keep the largest particles out that may cause damage to your system, but they won’t do anything more beyond that.

Keep the air registers in your home open and free of furniture, drapes or other objects. Keep the area around the air return supply clear of clutter for the best air flow to the system. Insufficient air flow to the system can result in overheating and catastrophic failure and damage, and may cause a fire in your heating and air conditioning system.

During a routine inspection is a convenient time to have the system thermostat checked. Like any mechanical component, they will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. If you are noticing the cooling isn’t coming on when it should, or the heat-it may be time to replace the thermostat. Some thermostats can be adjusted, and when it fails to correct the problem, it will simply be time to replace it in order to receive the maximum benefit of your heating and air conditioning system.

Homeowners needing a thermostat may want to consider a digital thermostat. Digital thermostats are by far more accurate, and programmable models provide the convenience of programming them to coincide with cooling the home down (or warming it up) before family members arrive home. Wi-Fi models are also available, enabling you to remotely adjust the thermostat when you are not at home. Today’s advanced technologies enable you to control your home’s temperature for a custom schedule and increased comfort, while saving money on energy costs.

Cypress’s certified HVAC professionals will be glad to provide inspection and service to your system. Our heating and air conditioning professionals provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When you need routine service, heating or ac repair in Katy or a professional air conditioning installation give us a call for prompt, reliable service.