As much as you’d probably like the weather to warm up here in the Mid-Atlantic region now that it’s March, it will likely be several weeks before we can turn off our heating systems completely. That makes this a unique time of year when we’re between using the heat and turning on the air conditioning. As the heating season comes to an end and the cooling season begins, we recommend taking a few key steps to maintain your heating and air conditioning systems.
Check your air filters once a month.
The simplest thing you can do for your HVAC system is check the air filters regularly. A dirty air filter can compromise your indoor air quality, decrease the efficiency of your heating or cooling equipment, and even put undue strain on your HVAC system. Be sure to check your filters once a month, cleaning or replacing them as necessary when they become dirty or clogged.
Keep heating and AC units free of debris.
Another simple maintenance item you can take care of on your own is keeping your heating and AC units free of debris. Check your HVAC equipment — particularly your air conditioner — every week or so for dirt, pollen, leaves, sticks, and other debris. Clear any debris from the top and sides of the unit using gloves and a stiff brush, if necessary.
Schedule a tune-up for your HVAC equipment.
Heating and air conditioning units need a tune up at least once a year to ensure smooth, safe, and efficient operation. Spring is a great time to schedule tune ups for both your air conditioner and your gas furnace, oil furnace, or oil boiler. For homeowners in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, Sobieski offers ProCheck tune ups, which include an inspection for safe and proper function, thorough cleaning, and adjustments for greater efficiency. We also offer convenient service agreements, so you never have to remember to schedule another tune up.
Call a professional at the first sign of trouble.
Are there unusual noises or smells coming from your HVAC system? Or does your HVAC system seem to be falling short in keeping your home comfortable? Call a professional as soon as possible. Heating and air conditioning units have sensitive equipment, so it’s best to let professionals handle any intricate work. Remember — early diagnosis and repair will help prevent minor issues from becoming larger, more serious issues. A professional can also help you determine when older equipment needs replacement.