The HVAC (heating, cooling, and ventilation) system in your home needs some essential maintenance throughout the year to keep it operating at its peak performance. The system is not hard to maintain, but there are some things you can do and some things you need a service tech to do to ensure the system works correctly.
One of the most important things you need to consider is a yearly service call for your HVAC system. The system may seem like it is running fine, but the service tech that comes to your house will inspect the entire HVAC system for you and look for any issues that could become a problem when the system is under load.
If the system breaks down because of a worn belt that should have been replaced, or a wire that is frayed and could have been fixed, the repair call is going to cost more because it is an emergency. You may find yourself without heating or cooling until the HVAC services can get to your home.
During this service, the technician will clean the system, change the filters, and make sure everything is in good working order inside and outside the home. If there is anything that you are concerned about, have the tech check it for you while they are there. These service calls are often done at a set price, so having the tech check something does not typically cost you more, but it could give you more peace of mind.
Maintaining the area around the HVAC unit outside the home is important. The air handler pulls air in for cooling and exhausts air when removing heat from the house. If there is a lot of vegetation around the unit, it can make it hard for the system to function correctly and can cause the system to run less efficiently.
Grass and weeds around the unit are also invitations for small animals, snakes, and rodents to live, and if they are near the unit, they often find a way in and make nests inside. In the wintertime, this is a warm place to nest, and these animals can chew on wires or damage the belts inside the unit, causing a breakdown. The best defense against that is to keep the area clear so that it is not inviting to any critters.
The technician will also appreciate your efforts because it will make it easier to work around the unit if they are not having to fight through weeds and bushes growing up around the unit.
For more information about HVAC services, contact a local technician.