If you spend a lot of money every year having professionals doing HVAC repair for you, you might be able to reduce these expenses. While there is no substitute for professional HVAC maintenance in some cases, there are often a lot of simple jobs that homeowners can do on their own to save money. Many jobs that homeowners pay professionals to do only take a matter of minutes, and they don't require any special tools or expensive supplies. This article explains one of the most essential yet affordable HVAC maintenance jobs.
The Importance of Good Filters
No HVAC system is going to be 100% efficient if the filtering system is not kept up. That is, if your air filter system is not cleaned, and your filters are not replaced in a timely manner, your entire system is going to suffer. The ultimate result is that certain components within your system have to work harder to produce strong airflow. On top of this, if your filters are not regularly replaced, the air being sucked into your furnace its going to be dirty. This can clog the heat pump and cause it to overheat. Once again, this all ultimately leads to more electricity usage and higher utility bills. So, even just replacing your air filter (which only costs about $15) in a timely manner, can end up saving you money. In some cases, clean air filters can lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC system. In the short term, regularly replacing your air filter is going to promote better airflow and efficiency.
Clean the Filter Compartment
If you truly want to get the most out of your filter replacement, you need to do more than just remove the old filter and put a new one in its place. To make the job worthwhile and the filter as efficient as possible, you need to also clean out the empty filter compartment before you put the new filter in place. Filter compartments are going to get dirty, especially if you have not replaced your filter in a timely manner. You can usually clean the entire compartment within a matter of seconds, but some filter compartments can be small and difficult to get inside. You might need to use a narrow hose vacuum attachment to reach the entire compartment.
Proper and timely filter replacement is going to result in a more efficient system, cleaner air in your rooms, and longer-lasting appliances.