Posted on: 2 September 2015
Your central heating and cooling system plays a special role in your home. You count on it to keep your home warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. Your system seems to run with very little from you. All you need to do on most days is to flip the thermostat to the temperature you want your home to be and enjoy the comforts it offers. This can make it very easy for you to take your system for granted and forget to take proper care of it. Make sure to follow the advice below to ensure you are taking good care of your central heating and cooling system the way it should be.
Learn the normal quirks of your system – Your heating and cooling system will have its own sounds and quirks. If you don't pay attention to the behavior of your system, then it's less likely that you are going to spot a problem right away if one occurs.
Listen to the everyday sounds your system makes when you turn it on, when it starts up and when it shuts down. If anything sounds off, you may want to have an HVAC technician come out so you can catch problems early on.
Don't forget to clean or replace the filter – You'll read a lot of information on how often you should be cleaning or replacing the filter in your system. However, this really all depends on many other factors.
The amount of rooms, people and pets in your home will affect how often your filter needs cleaning. Also, the amount of dust in the area you live in and your housekeeping habits will play a large role in how long your filter can go between cleanings.
The best thing you can do is check your filter often and pay attention to how long your filter can go between cleanings. You want to remember this for the years to come.
Remember there is an outside part to your system – You don't want to neglect the condenser simply because it is tucked away outside. It still needs some attention. You want to be sure you keep weed growth and other debris away from the condenser. You may also want to have an awning installed on that part of the house that casts a shadow on the outside unit so it doesn't take as much abuse from the direct sunlight during the heat of the day.
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