Seasonal HVAC Tune-Ups

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Brian Schutt with Homsenese Heating and Cooling discusses the importance of HVAC maintenance including servicing and steps to take at home.

    Brian Schutt: Hi! I am Brian Schutt, owner of HomeSense Heating and Cooling in Indianapolis. As seasons change we see an increased usage of heating and cooling equipment and in order to keep it running smoothly and efficiently, its important that you schedule a system maintenance.

    Think of your heating and cooling system like a car that needs regular inspections and maintenance to prevent major repairs like replacing expensive parts, or even the whole car itself. Servicing your heating and cooling systems extends its life in the same way. Contractors get busy in the one-turn summer when the systems are working harder, so scheduling an inspection early can help us share comfortable temperatures all season long. There are number of things heating and cooling experts will inspect; clean and check to ensure your system is running efficiently. They may check your thermostat to see if youre taking advantage of energy saving studies, tighten any loose electrical connections which can be unsafe or cause major damage and lubricate moving parts which may reduce the amount of electricity you use. Again like a car, the system should remain lubricated to prevent overworking itself. Your technician can also inspect for plug drains which can cause water back-up, meaning poor humidity levels, water damage to dry wall and floors and even HVAC circuit board failures. These inspections will make sure there are no signs of low refrigerant levels and no dangerous gas leaks from your heating system.

    There are a couple of tasks that you could do between the checks. So ask your heating and cooling expert to demonstrate this as well; check coils for dirt, cotton or dust on the exterior once a year. By cleaning this off you can greatly reduce how hard your AC system works. Clean or change the air filters, dirty filter increase energy consumption. How often you should do this depends on the filter so could be a monthly or a biannual task.

    Like with any major home appliance, regular maintenance can save you money on energy bills and prevent unnecessary repairs. So mark your calendar for your maintenance today to get the most out of your system.