You surely know how to keep your home clean, but what about your HVAC system? Having a clean HVAC system is essential to improving energy efficiency in your home. If you don’t know how to clean your system’s complex machinery because you’re not an HVAC pro, never fear. Here are some simple tips for keeping your HVAC system clean.
Change Your Filter
Dirt, dust, and debris make your heating and cooling equipment dirty. These pollutants can lead to long-term equipment damage. A clean air filter prevents pollutants from building up in your system.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should change your filter at least once every three months. Change it more often if you have pets or family members who struggle with allergies.
To change the filter:
- Look for the filter enclosure on your indoor AC or furnace where the return air duct enters your unit.
- Open the door to the enclosure. You may have to open the latch using a screwdriver.
- Take out the old air filter.
- Install the new air filter, taking care to match the arrow printed on the filter’s outer edge with the arrows on your unit.
Clean the Area Around Your Unit
Leaves, branches, and other debris around your outdoor HVAC unit can impede the airflow around it. Cut back plants and branches very close to the unit and rake back leaves, dirt, and debris. Leave two feet or more of clear space around your unit to allow for proper airflow.
Vacuum Vents and Registers
Vents and registers can collect too much grime over time and clog your HVAC system. Avoid this by wiping down and vacuuming the vents and registers in your home regularly. You can loosen gunk using your vacuum hose and access the difficult-to-reach spaces with a butter knife covered with a rag.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Professional HVAC maintenance keeps your system clean and efficient. During the tuneup, a certified technician thoroughly checks and cleans your system’s vital components. As a result, you won’t have to worry about cleaning these components for months.
To have a clean HVAC system, make sure you supplement your DIY cleaning with professional tuneups. If you need routine maintenance or repair service in the Yuma area, please contact the HVAC experts at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.