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How to Maintain HVAC Systems


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If maintenance is not performed regularly, or if it is done incorrectly, the HVAC equipment will require extensive and costly repairs at a later date. According to Aris Parviz of Virginia’s Able Air-1, Inc. , regular maintenance of home HVAC systems is more important than most people realize. And here, Parviz talks about what must be done to keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape.

Today’s residential HVAC systems are more than just heating and cooling. Homeowners demand total comfort, and the HVAC industry has responded with more complex, integrated systems designed to provide optimal indoor air quality and improved energy efficiency. As one might expect, these more sophisticated all-inclusive systems are also more expensive than traditional ones. Therefore, properly maintaining your HVAC system is more important than ever before as it can protect your investment and ensure that you’re getting what you paid for.

Yearly Professional Maintenance

Maintenance is essential to the proper functioning of HVAC equipment. Most manufacturers recommend professional maintenance of any HVAC system at least once a year. Although specific requirements vary from system to system, yearly maintenance will always involve inspection and cleaning.

During the inspection, proper operation of the equipment is checked and verified. And at AbleAir-1, we also make sure that the system operates at its peak efficiency. All mechanical equipments, including HVAC system, is designed to operate within certain limits. If it is not properly maintained, the equipment will exceed its designed limitations with the result being system failure.

Regular inspection of your HVAC system serves two functions. First, a thorough inspection will enable the technician to identify and diagnose any problems with the system’s efficiency or performance. Second, it will ensure that the system is not posing a health or safety risk to you and your family. The latter is especially important for gas-fueled heating systems, since carbon monoxide buildup can create a dangerous, possibly deadly, situation inside the home.

Cleaning certain components of your HVAC system yearly is also an essential part of ensuring its ongoing reliability and efficiency. The cleaner your HVAC system, the better it will perform. And the better your HVAC system performs, the longer it will last.

Frequent Maintenance

While yearly professional maintenance is important, your HVAC system needs a little attention from you every now and then as well. You should check and change your system’s air filter frequently. A dirty filter can lead to a myriad of problems, including a total system failure. You can avoid costly repairs and disruptions by taking a few minutes each month to perform this simple task.

You can also do your part to improve your system’s efficiency by keeping the area around outdoor air conditioners or heat pumps free from plants and debris. Be sure that air is able to circulate freely in these areas. As a homeowner, however, you should be aware that your HVAC system has a shelf life. If your system is over 15 years old, it is likely costing you more in energy inefficiency and repairs than it would cost to replace it.

Regularly scheduled maintenance, when properly performed, can lower overall annual HVAC energy costs, and reduce the number of emergency calls due to catastrophic failures. At AbleAir-1, Inc. , we have customized maintenance programs designed to suit each system’s specific requirements. Please feel free to contact us.

Aris Parviz is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find an HVAC contractor or more HVAC contractor articles at Yodle Consumer Guide.


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