It’s no secret that getting a new HVAC system is a big investment. Whether you just had yours
replaced or it has been a few years, these simple tips might help you to get the most out of your unit.
The best way to prolong the life of your HVAC Unit is to ensure that it is running efficiently and
effectively while also decreasing any issues that might cause unnecessary strain.
1. Change Your Filters Monthly
Your AC filters are an important component of your HVAC system. While it might not seem like
much, they trap unwanted dust, debris, and particles from circulating in your home’s air. However,
over time the particles begin to build up causing restricted air flow which can put unnecessary strain
on your HVAC system. To combat this issue, we recommend you change the filters on a monthly
2. Clean The Vents
Similar to particles building up on the filters, dust can also start to build up on the outside of your
vents. The best way to ensure optimal air flow is to take a damp cloth and wipe the vents clean when
you notice dust building up.
3. Keep the Area around the Outside Condenser Clear
Just like the past two tips, the key here is to ensure that there is nothing surrounding the AC unit to
avoid any air flow restriction. A good rule of thumb is to keep any larger obstructions about 2-3 feet
away from your condenser. Additionally, when needed, clear away all plants, debris, and objects that
may be covering or crowding the unit.
4. Regularly Perform Preventative Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance for your AC unit is one of the best things that you can do to increase its
longevity. Because our HVAC systems run year round without much of a break, it’s essential to have
it tuned-up twice a year. This not only keeps your system protected under manufacturer warranty, but
it also aids in preventing costly breakdowns.
5. Upgrade your Home’s Insulation
While upgrading your home’s insulation is not always necessary, if your house is lacking insulation,
this option might be a huge benefit. Your home’s insulation plays a vital part in maintaining the
internal temperature of your home, whether that’s keeping you cool in the summer or warm in the
winter. The less your HVAC system has to run, the longer it’ll last.
6. Opt for duct cleaning
Duct cleaning, in addition to increasing your unit’s efficiency, has a variety of benefits. By cleaning
your ducts, it improves your indoor air quality significantly by getting rid of any potential pollutants
that have built up over time. This helps to reduce odors, allergens, and provide an overall cleaner
breath of air.
7. Monitor Your Set Temperature
Whenever possible, try raising the temperature of your AC a couple degrees. A great way to
implement this without compromising your comfort is to raise the temperature when you plan to
leave the house. While this might not seem like much, it makes a difference in the long run.
Interested in Signing up for Seasonal Maintenance?
Having a regular maintenance schedule for your system can save you money in the long run and
keep your system running effectively for longer. At Reliable Air & Heat, we suggest having your
system tuned-up twice a year– once in the spring and once in the fall. This schedule allows us to
get your AC ready for the summer and your heater ready for the winter.
Weoffer a range of maintenance plans at different price points to best suit your needs! Have a
question? Give our office a call at 936-890-8991 and let us know how we can help you!