The Importance of Maintaining Your HVAC System

Maintaining your HVAC system may seem like an inconvenience, however, the benefits clearly outweigh the effort. There are simple do it yourself measures that will prolong the life of your system, provide additional comfort and possibly eliminate costly repairs in the future. This article will discuss these steps and the benefit(s) they provide. This article will also provide information as to the different products available to improve the air quality in your home such as those featured at

While there are many items that you should call a professional for such as a leak or replenishing coolant; the basic maintenance checks and remedies are easy, affordable and will save you money on energy. The first and easiest step is to check and replace your air filter monthly. If you’re unfamiliar with how to complete this task, consult your owners manual. Many times units (especially those in newer homes), will have a packet attached to the furnace containing the manual. Many filters can be check and replaced simply by removing the filter and checking it for visible signs of dirt, pet hair and other pollutants in the home. The change in color from when the filter was first installed is a good point of reference. The most difficult units may require you remove a few screws.

Should you find a need to replace your air filter, a good quality filter will provide many benefits. Filters are typically sold by size and feature(s). Better quality filters will reduce allergens in the home. Among these are smoke, pet dander, pollen, and dust. The removal of humidity from the air and fewer bacteria present will reduce the chance of fungus, mold, and mildew in your home. Another benefit of replacing the filter regularly is that the system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat and cool your home. The benefits of maintaining the system are that the life of the system can be prolonged and the energy savings due to less wasted electricity.

Replacing the filter regularly also helps keep your family healthier. Asthma, allergies and a weakened immune system can be the result of poor air quality in your home. If anyone in your home smokes, you must replace the filter as often as possible. If there are children or seniors in the home, they are also more susceptible to illness from poor air quality.

Another quick and easy way to improve the functioning of your HVAC system is to check, replace or adjust your thermostat if necessary. New thermostats are capable of adjusting the temperature throughout the day, monitoring your home’s energy usage and even can be operated remotely via mobile phone, tablet or computer. Should you find it’s time to update your thermostat there are many options available online or at any home improvement retailer.

Checking and replacing your filter often will also make you more environmentally friendly. Wasted energy not only increases your utility bill but also using excess energy results in increasing your carbon footprint. Taking a few extra moments each month will not only keep your climate comfortable, but your wallet will thank you as well.