During the coldest and hottest months of the year, nothing in your Aitkin, MN home is as important as your HVAC system. In the interest of maintaining the health and comfort of everyone living in your household, you’re probably willing to pay a veritable fortune to keep your heater and air conditioner running. The good news is that you don’t have to. The following are four HVAC maintenance tips to prevent costly repairs.
1. Regularly Change Your HVAC Air Filters
Surprisingly, one of the least expensive components in your HVAC system has the greatest impact on its well-being. Best of all, you can swap this component out all by yourself. Changing your HVAC air filters on a regular basis will prevent airflow obstructions that cause your heater and air conditioner stress. With consistently clean filters, your HVAC equipment will have a far lower likelihood of icing over, overheating, or malfunctioning in other ways.
2. Keep Your HVAC Air Ducts Clean and Well-Maintained
Your HVAC air ducts need regular maintenance, too. You should have your ductwork professionally cleaned at least once every three to five years. Professional duct cleaning eliminates all dirt, dust, and other debris that’s been blown off of dirty filters. It also extracts the micro-fine, airborne particulates that air filters can’t pick up along with any debris that’s entered your ducting through loose connections or cracked, crushed structures.
3. Schedule Annual AC Maintenance Service for Your Heater and AC
According to the standard terms of HVAC equipment manufacturer warranties, all heating and cooling equipment should receive professional maintenance at least once annually. Schedule service for your furnace before winter arrives and schedule AC maintenance ahead of summer. Doing so gives HVAC technicians the chance to catch and resolve small problems while they’re still minor, contained, and inexpensive.
4. Don’t Forget Your Air Conditioner’s Outside Condenser Unit
Don’t overlook your air conditioner’s outdoor condenser unit when maintaining your HVAC equipment. Try to keep at least two feet of clearance on all sides of this unit. Regularly remove all twigs, leaves, rocks, and other blown-in debris. Moreover, to prevent damage from heavy snow loads or falling icicles, you should consider installing a simple, free-standing shelter.
Since 1991, we’ve been proudly serving Aitkin, MN and the surrounding communities. Our clients can count on us for top-notch heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services. To schedule an appointment or to learn about our preventative maintenance plans, contact Northern Air Plumbing & Heating today!