If you had a chance to talk to an expert about something that could make your life better, of course you’d do it! Well, we are bringing the expert to you! Having knowledge about your HVAC system can make your home much more comfortable, thereby making you more comfortable, and perhaps even saving you a few dollars in the long run. We talked to our resident HVAC expert, Keith Hill, technical support manager at Minnesota Air, to give us the some essential tips when it comes to your HVAC.
“HVAC systems are like lighting in a home – you take it for granted until you’re in the dark,” says Keith. “It’s so easy to take your mechanical systems for granted and ignore them until something is wrong, but then it may be too late, or it may be more expensive to fix.”
That’s why preventive maintenance and giving it just a little attention each year can go a long way to giving you peace of mind.
Here are Keith’s top 3 tips.
Keep Your Filter Clean & Perform Basic Maintenance
“The best advice I can give is not to ignore your mechanical systems. Furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, and water heaters all need a little TLC once in a while,” he says.
In this blog, we’ve often talked about changing filters regularly to keep your HVAC in top shape – in fact, we’ve done a whole guide to give you the lowdown on them here in our Filters 101 article. It’s so important to change your filter or clean it regularly, because a dirty filter can cause significant damage to a furnace or air conditioner. It can lead to the buildup of dirt and dander, which can make the rest of your system dirty, it can lead to loss of airflow, and it can even overheat from working too hard. When you change your filter regularly you are helping prevent all of those issues and prolonging the life of your system.
Basic preventive service can help prevent other issues and will also help keep your system clean. Keith says a chronically dirty outdoor coil will eventually lead to a compressor failure – and that means more money out of your pocket to repair or replace it.
Get To Know Your Technician
Keith also recommends getting to know your local HVAC technician. He says that in addition to getting the basic maintenance done by the same pro, hire him or her at least every few years for a checkup/tune-up and inspection. This allows you to know that the tech has some familiarity with your system, and you’ll know who to call if an emergency arises. That means no scrambling to find a reputable company at the last minute, and less stress too, because you know you’ve hired someone that you can trust.
Hire A Tech Who Can Teach You Your System
Lastly, Keith says all new homeowners should hire a pro to review their system with them. When you move in, you’ll likely already be making service appointments to make sure everything is in safe, working order – and your HVAC is no different.
“Every home has a unique HVAC system. For the cost of a service call, your pro can go through your system with you and provide valuable insight on operation and maintenance items,” says Keith.
That’s money well spent, because you’ll be able to ask any HVAC tech questions you have on your system’s operation, get advice on cleaning and boosting efficiency, and learn about proper care and maintenance you can do yourself.