A properly installed HVAC system will help keep your home’s temperature comfortable in both warm and cold weather, and can even help improve the quality of the air in your home thanks to humidity control and air purifier options. These systems are also energy efficient, so you can save money on heating and cooling bills.

However, the benefits won’t last long if you don’t keep your HVAC system properly maintained. A badly maintained system can lead to inefficient heating and cooling, and costly repairs. Below, we’ve provided a simple checklist with tips on how you can keep your system running smoothly, so you can keep your home comfortable all year around!

1. Check & replace your air filters

Be sure to check your air filters regularly to make sure they’re not getting clogged with dust and debris. It’s a best practice to replace the filter every few months (and sometimes as often as once a month) to make sure the system can draw in air as efficiently as possible.

2. Keep outdoor units free of debris

For outdoor cooling systems & heat pumps, you’ll want to keep the top, sides, and surrounding area free of any plants, leaves, and outdoor debris so fresh air can be pulled in from all sides. 2 feet of cleared area is recommended.

3. Keep your registers clean

When it comes to indoor maintenance, wiping down your registers will help reduce the amount of dust and debris that enters your system, and promote better air flow.

4. Clean evaporator & condenser coils once a year

Keeping these coils clean can help reduce energy consumption, and will keep your system running as efficiently as possible.

5. Schedule seasonal maintenance

While there is plenty you can do on your own, having a professional come to service your system will help ensure that it keeps running smoothly. Regular maintenance can help prevent costly repairs down the road! For heating & cooling systems, appointments should be scheduled 2 times a year—one in the fall so you’ll be prepared for the cooler weather, and another in the spring as the temperatures start to rise.

6. Listen for odd noises and make note of strange odors

Either of these things could be early signs that something isn’t quite right—and continuing to run your system could cause even more damage. It’s best to call in an experienced technician to look at the system. They’ll be able to diagnose the problem and make any necessary repairs before any further damage is done. Many HVAC companies like Anderson Water & Power will provide emergency services, so if something goes wrong, you’ll be able to call a technician, and have your system up and running as soon as possible.

Have a question about your system, or interested in learning which HVAC system would be best for your home? Feel free to contact us! We offer free in-home consultations so you can find the best solution for your home, and 24/7 emergency service so once you have a system installed, you can rest easy knowing that we’re just a phone call away.