Your heating and cooling system work hard all year round to ensure a comfortable living space in your home. That’s why it’s important to carry out regular maintenance and ensure it’s operating smoothly. In this article, Bounds Heating & Air, a trusted contractor with expertise in HVAC services, share a few things you might want to add to your August HVAC maintenance to-do list.
Check the Air Filters
Cooling systems are used heavily during the summer months, which makes August a great time to check the filters and ensure they’re not full of contaminants. You may also want to have a replacement ready to go in case the existing filter is already worn out or needs to be changed.
Inspect All Registers and Grilles
Make sure the vents haven’t been blocked or closed, as this can restrict the airflow through your HVAC system, potentially leading to performance issues and system overheating. If you want to avoid HVAC repair expenses, make sure the vent louvers are open.
However, if you want to save energy by turning the cooling off in an unused area, feel free to do so. Just make sure you’re not closing more than 20% of the vents in your home. If there are multiple areas that aren’t being used, you should consider setting up a zoning system instead. This would allow you to reduce energy waste and better optimize your HVAC system.
Inspect the Drip Pan and Drain Lines
Ensure these components aren’t clogged with mold or algae growth. Otherwise, the condensation from the cooling process won’t be able to exit your home, which can cause your cooling system to act up or result in water damage.
Inspect Your Exterior Cooling Equipment
Your exterior cooling equipment is vulnerable to dirt and debris, so cleaning the outdoor unit is very important. This can easily be done by brushing away grass clippings and other debris, as well as trimming back any vegetation growing near the unit.
Bounds Heating & Air is a family-owned and operated business with over 20 years of experience in air conditioning repair, heating repair, and home energy auditing. Call us at (352) 290-3370 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Gainesville and surrounding areas.