Tips on Maintaining Your HVAC System

Proper heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning or HVAC are the keys to maintaining a comfortable and healthy living space. These systems account for almost 50 percent of your electricity bill, so it’s important to maintain them properly.

HVACThe Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), which promotes energy efficiency in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Utah,  reports that the residential energy consumption and expenditures of Utah increases. You can help lower the numbers by maintaining your HVAC system properly. Hire an HVAC DRAPER, UT contractor to perform pre-season check-ups. Contractors are busy during summer and winter; have your cooling system checked in the spring and the heating system in the fall.

Here are some of the best practices for maintaining HVAC systems:

Replace Filters

Filters capture dust and dirt that can become a food source for mold. Replace them every six months or thrice a year, depending on the dirt load. Inspect filters monthly to determine the replacement frequency. Install open panels to easily gain access to the coils and filters.

Clean Condenser and Evaporator Coils

Evaporator coils are usually damp, providing a breeding ground for molds. They are in contact with warm, humid outside air, which contains dust and dirt. The condenser coil is exposed to unfiltered outdoor air, resulting in considerable degradation due to dirt. While coils don’t affect indoor air quality, cleaning them will improve energy efficiency.

Coils soiled with microbial dirt are difficult to clean, especially on metal surfaces; bacterial metabolism creates a biofilm that locks sticky wastes together. Use a quality cleaning solution to remove all microorganisms effectively.

Inspect the Area around the Air Intake

Water collect around air handlers, especially those mounted on the roof. Inspect the air handlers to ensure there’s no standing water around. Molds near the air intake will increase the likelihood of spores being sucked into the ventilation system.

Fix Leaks in Cabinet and Supply Duct

Annual HVAC checkups should include inspection of air and water leaks and preventive actions, such as patching gaskets and replacing screws and latches. Duct and cabinet is important on the air supply side, where high pressure can force air out a small crack.

Check Fan, Belt, and Bearings

Proper operation of fans, belts, and bearings has minimal impact on air quality, but it’s important to inspect them to avoid future problems. Clean the blades to improve efficiency and air flow. Adjust the belts to provide proper tension and prevent lateral wear. Lubricate bearings and change bearing cassette if there’s excessive noise or heat emanating from the system.

Proper HVAC maintenance improves heating and cooling performance, increases the service life of the equipment, and lowers utility costs.