What’s the one home comfort item you couldn’t live without? Your heating and cooling system are right up there at the top of the list.

Imagine the coldest day of the year without heat. Or the hottest day of the year and your air conditioner grinds to a halt.Tips For Dealing With Your HVAC

But even if your HVAC equipment is operational, it may be costing you in different ways. When not kept in top shape, you could be wasting energy. Clogged filters, dirty thermostats, leaky ductwork, and unlubricated fan motors can reduce efficiency by as much as 25 percent.  They can also be impacting your indoor air quality, which can affect your health.

Ensuring your HVAC is in top shape isn’t difficult. Some things you can do yourself while others require a professional. Here are a few tips to keep your HVAC equipment in top shape and be there for when you need it most.

Routine HVAC Maintenance

Gas Furnace

  • Change the furnace at the start of the heating season, then every month or two depending on your lifestyle
  • Oil the circulating fan once a year
  • A pro should check the heat exchanger, flue, ducts and adjust the burner at least every two years

Oil Furnace

Have a yearly service call to:

  • Clean the flue
  • Change the fuel filter
  • Clean and adjust the fuel jets

Heat Pump

Have a yearly service call to:

  • Check the belts
  • Check and replace the filters
  • Oil moving parts
  • Inspect the wiring

Air Conditioner

At the start of each cooling system:

  • Clean or replace air filters
  • Vacuum out the unit
  • Lubricate the motor
  • Have the refrigerant pressure checked

Don’t wait until you have a problem, be proactive instead. By calling before the sudden change in temperature, you’ll get better attention and have more flexibility when scheduling your appointment.