Air conditioning experts are partners in helping maintain and service your entire HVAC system. They love to talk about the ins-and-outs of heating and air conditioning, and not just when they're making small talk during a seasonal tune-up. So, since you may not have one to talk to for a few months, here are six tips those pros really want you to know to help keep your system running smoothly for years to come.
1. Keep the Air Flowing
Restricted or low airflow can do serious damage to your HVAC system. Follow these simple steps to avoid expensive repairs.
- Check and replace your filters frequently.
- If you switch to a high-efficiency filter (or one with a higher MERV rating), be sure to watch that it doesn’t lower your airflow.
- Avoid blocking vents with furniture or other household items (including pets!).
2. Keep Your AC Running
To best cool and dehumidify, air conditioners are designed to run for long periods of time. That’s especially true for variable speed air conditioners or if it’s an especially hot or humid day. Resist the temptation to turn off your unit to save a little on energy costs. Better to set the target temperature a degree or two higher.
3. Wait to Replace Freon
Some homeowners are concerned that they should immediately replace AC units that run with Freon. But according to Keith Hill, resident HVAC expert at Stay Comfy, that’s not really necessary, as long as the unit is leak free. You’ll be able to upgrade to a new refrigerant when you’re ready to replace your old unit entirely.
4. Learn About New Technologies
New technologies found in the latest HVAC systems, like multistage and modulating heating and cooling, are worth knowing about. These features are not just marketing hype, either. They really can make your home life quieter and more comfortable while lowering energy bills at the same time.
5. Think System
Your heating and cooling system is just that — a system. It’s easy to think of your furnace or air conditioner as just another stand-alone appliance, but your HVAC system includes ductwork, wiring, controls, vents, and registers. Be sure to keep all parts of that system running smoothly by getting an annual inspection, duct cleaning when necessary, and changing filters regularly.
6. Work with a Reliable Professional
Find an HVAC expert in your area that you can trust and establish a long-term working relationship with. It pays to work with a true professional with specialized training and certification for working with your specific system. Longevity in the field, a brick and mortar office, factory certifications, and someone who answers the phone are all good signs of a reputable pro. You can also find reliable professionals in your area with our easy-to-use dealer locator.