After summer, we always get the urge to clean out our closets and our space to get ready for the new season. Preparing your home for fall should always include a scheduled maintenance of your heating, ventilation and cooling system to make sure you breathe clean and healthy air during winter and avoid break-downs and unnecessary expenses at a most unfortunate time. By cleaning both your indoor and your outdoor central unit you will prolong the life of your air conditioning system so take some time to make sure your outdoor unit is in good shape. Follow these simple steps for an easy DIY maintenance job.
Inspect the Filter
Usually located next to the air conditioner return duct, air filters with time get dirty and full of debris so locate yours and remove them. Wash your plastic and metal filters thoroughly with a garden hose to eliminate dust and dirt. Discard cardboard and fiber filters and replace the filters with new ones.
Turn Off Power and Open the Unit
Flip the breaker switch off on the unit and carefully remove the access panel from the vent openings.
Bring Out the Vacuum
By removing the panel, you will expose the condenser coils in your unit. Examine them thoroughly for debris and dust, and clean them with your home vacuum. Be careful not to bend the fins and coils. After vacuuming, get your garden hose again and rinse the coils well. When handling the condenser coils be careful and wear heavy gloves because the fins are sharp and often cause scratches and cuts you could easily have avoided with proper equipment.
Clean the Fans of Your Unit
Use a moist rag and carefully clean the dust from fan vents in the unit and the top panel. Screw back the panel and don’t forget to turn the power back on!
If you find this a hassle and you are located in the Denver area, contact us at Total Comfort Heating & Cooling and we will be glad to help with the maintenance of your HVAC system.
When considering an investment like installing a new heating, ventilation and cooling system, do your homework first and thoroughly research the market. Being realistic about your needs and shopping accordingly will save you a significant amount of money in the long run, so pay attention to these suggestions and choose a system that completely suits your home.
The Matter of Efficiency
Researching the effectiveness of the system you are considering can help you save money on your utility bills, since effective units cool and heat your space by using less power. When reviewing the specifications of your top options, look for SEER or AFUE ratings, as well as models that have energy stars.
The Matter of Size
Bigger is not always better, and HVAC systems are the perfect example. The size of your unit should be directly proportional to the square footage of your house because large units placed in small spaces and vice versa usually wear out faster. Small units need to work extremely hard to keep your desired temperature in a larger home, while large units achieve it too easily, which in turn causes them to continuously turn on and off, trying to keep the temperature constant.
The Matter of Quality
It always pays off to invest in quality. In HVAC terms that means your units will last longer and have fewer issues.
The Matter of Special Features
Newer systems come with a whole array of special features, many of which you might not even need. Research a bit what a particular feature stands for and opt for the system that ticks all your boxes.
The Matter of Installation
A good contractor can go a long way, so ask for recommendations and always make sure you use a licensed professional located in your area because that usually means they can react quickly if you have any questions or problems with your system.
Our Total Comfort Heating & Cooling team proudly serves the Greater Denver, Colorado area, and the surrounding Denver, Colorado suburbs. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about your system or need our professional services.