One of the best ways to ensure your home’s HVAC system runs at maximum efficiency is to perform a few routine maintenance tasks yourself in between annual service visits. Most of the tasks you can do involve light cleaning to maintain proper airflow and operation and can easily be incorporated into other seasonal tasks like spring cleaning and yardwork.
Here’s what you can do.
- Clean or change the filter on the indoor unit according to the manufacturer’s instructions, typically every one to three months.
- Remove any debris such as leaves and sticks from on or around the outdoor unit.
- Clean the coils of the outdoor unit with a garden hose whenever they appear dirty. Use only light water pressure so you don’t damage the fins.
- Clean your indoor supply and return registers with a dusting cloth or vacuum.
- Move any furniture or objects away from the registers so air flows freely.
Keeping your system clean and free of obstructions will maximize airflow so it can perform at its best. Performing these simple tasks and having your system serviced annually are the keys to longer service life and better overall performance, including increased operating efficiency by up to 20 percent.
For added peace of mind, enrolling in a preventive maintenance plan for your home’s HVAC will ensure your heating and cooling equipment is routinely inspected and serviced. The plan can come with other benefits, too, such as discounts on parts and repairs and priority service during an emergency. To learn more about Gold Shield Comfort Agreements and other preventive maintenance plans from HB McClure, contact a trusted advisor at 717-232-HEAT or visit our Gold Shield web page. We offer preventive maintenance plans for a variety of equipment types and budgets, so you can choose a plan that works best for you.