Your HVAC and You
There are specific things you must do to maintain your HVAC system. If you fail to do these things, your system could malfunction and even breakdown. This could cost you a lot of money if you need to replace your system. Along with maintenance, it is important to know what to look for when choosing a new system for your home. We will cover both below for your convenience.
1. Replace HVAC filters once every 1 to 3 months ideally, if your filters are not the kind that you clean and place back in your system. If you have a permanent filter, it should be cleaned once a month. Sometimes they can go longer, but it is best to keep a close eye on them. If the filters become clogged with dirt the blower unit can have trouble functioning.
2. Inspect air intake and the area around it. If water is allowed to puddle around these, mold can form. This negatively affects the air quality. You should inspect the intakes at least twice a year.
3. Once a year the dampers should be adjusted and cleaned. When the dampers are not functioning correctly is can cause a problem with the air inside the house.
4. The condenser and evaporator coils need to be cleaned at least once a year possible twice. Moisture can collect on evaporator coils and cause mold to grow. Also, dust and dirt could also accumulate.
5. Make sure your thermostat is always working correctly. This will ensure that your system does not run any longer than necessary during the day or night without shutting off at the right temperature.
How to Choose a New HVAC System
You need to make sure that the system you buy for your house is capable of handling the load it will have to deliver. This depends on the size of your house as well as weather conditions in your area. A larger house will require a system with a larger capacity than a small house. Do not get too small of a system for the house.
Do not over buy on size though this could make your system not as efficient just as if it were too small. The output capability of the system should not exceed 25% of the need. This way the system can work to maximum efficiency.
Look for a system locally to ensure that your installation and more importantly maintenance can be handled by local people. Some of the newer systems today may not have people near you that know how to fix them.
Shop for a quality system not necessarily a bargain system. Sure, you want the best price you can get on the system, but this should not be your determining factor of the one you purchase. There are many reputable HVACbrands being sold today. Make sure to get one.