Your home’s heating and cooling systems help keep you comfortable during the oppressive heat and the bitter cold, and they must be properly maintained in order to do so. Be sure you are aware of warning signs of potential problems and that you follow the proper upkeep and maintenance to ensure that your HVAC system is operating safely and efficiently.
Don’t Get Burned: Warning Signs of Potential Problems
- Your energy bill goes up without increased use
- Any sounds such as clunking or knocking
- The air in the home is too humid or too dry
- Certain areas of the home are hotter or cooler than others
- HVAC breaker keeps tripping
- If your furnace is more than 15 years old, or if your air conditioner is more than 10 years old it may be time for a replacement
Keep Your Cool: Upkeep and Maintenance
- Make sure fuel-burning heating equipment is vented to the outside without obstruction
- Replace the HVAC filter at least every 90 days
- Keep intake and output vents clean and clear of debris and dust
- Have your heating and air conditioning systems inspected by a qualified service professional at least once a year to make sure they are running at optimal efficiency and to diagnose any potential problems.
- Some heating appliances may produce carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas that is tasteless, colorless, and odorless. Protect your home with CO alarms and test them monthly to ensure they are working properly.