Spring is in the air. Your heat has been off for a few weeks, and in a few more weeks, it will be time to turn the air conditioning on! Before that day arrives, make sure you dedicate a weekend -- or at least a few hours -- to doing a little HVAC maintenance. The switch from heat to AC is a big one, and the right maintenance techniques can keep everything running smoothly.
Furnaces can get dirty, just like anything else in your home. Sometimes, furnaces can get very dirty with objects you would never have expected. If you have never looked inside your furnace ever, or this is the first chance you have had to look, you should definitely watch as the HVAC technician cleans out the furnace. To prepare yourself ahead of time, the following things are just a sampling of what might be in there.
One of the more important appliances in your home is the furnace. It's designed to heat your home when the temperatures begin dropping outside. If you want to avoid complicated repairs with this key appliance, remember this care guide.
Change Out the Filter
A dirty air filter can cause a host of problems for your furnace. Most importantly, it can cause overheating issues that ultimately break down your furnace. To counteract this problem, you simply need to get in the habit of changing out your filter every couple of months.
A malfunctioning AC is bad not only for your health and comfort but also for your delicate and expensive décor. The damage to décor can particularly be serious if the malfunction affects your AC for a long time or if it happens when you are away on vacation. Here are some of the specific ways in which the damages can occur:
If you have decorative materials or fixtures that shouldn't be exposed to high temperatures, then a malfunctioning AC will be one of your worst enemies.
When it comes time to turn off your air conditioner, whether it's for the rest of the year or during a vacation, you can usually leave it alone until it comes to turn it back on again. However, there are a few things you can do to help keep your system in good shape while it's not in use, avoid doing anything that may damage it, and save yourself a little money in the meantime.