4 HVAC Maintenance Tips To Keep in Mind This Season
With the holidays just around the corner, and with the cold air blowing in from the bay, now’s as good a time as any to brush up on your HVAC maintenance and safety tips. As the go-to HVAC contractor in Santa Rosa and Marin County, we understand better than most just how busy the holiday season can be, and just how easy it can be to forget about something as unassuming as your heating and air conditioning system. Yet, if you want to enjoy the holidays in comfort, you should give your ventilation system the TLC it needs and deserves. Below we share with you four easy-to-do maintenance tips to keep your system chugging along happily and efficiently this season.
Brush the Dust Off
Dust accumulates in your HVAC system as quickly and as easily as it accumulates on your countertops and end tables. Yet, unlike your countertop and end tables, you don’t see inside your heating and airducts on a regular basis, if you ever see inside it at all, which probably means that it never gets dusted. When you turn your HVAC system on full blast, all that dust within your ducts will work its way through the vents and out into your home, thereby causing you and any guests within your home to be hit with uncomfortable allergy symptoms. You can help your family and guests breathe easy during the holidays by giving your ducts and vents a good wipe down before turning on your system, and by replacing worn out filters with new ones.
Program Your Thermostat
The worst thing you can do for your comfort and your wallet is to keep the heat blasting all day, regardless of the indoor temperature. As cooking gets underway and as more guests fill your home, the indoor temp is likely to rise by 10 or even 20 degrees, if not more. You can counterbalance the increase in heat by setting your thermostat to turn off when the indoor temp reaches an even 75 degrees.
Keep Flammable Items Away From the Vents
This may be a no brainer, but you would be surprised by how many house fires are started each year because of a Christmas tree too near a furnace, or burlap caught up in the heating vents. Before the weather takes a turn for the worse, take time to move all furniture, draperies and other flammable objects away from energy sources. You should also be mindful of pets and small children who may find entertainment in dropping flammable items into the ducts without your knowledge.
Schedule a Tune Up With Your Local HVAC Contractor
You can’t really know what, if anything, is wrong with your HVAC system until you let a professional perform a thorough test and inspection. Next Level HVAC is bonded, insured and licensed. We are also Diamond Quality Certified and A+ BBB accredited. We are currently running a special that you can’t pass up – a free inspection with the purchase of a $69 tune up! Estimates are free, so it requires little investment on your part to at least allow us to come out and take a quick look to see what you’re working with. Like us on Facebook, find us on LinkedIn and subscribe to our blog for more HVAC maintenance tips.
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