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Some HVAC Tips to Help Start the Year Strong

The beginning of the year is an exciting time. It’s a season for resolutions and provides an opportunity for a fresh start. With the energy of the New Year’s season, comes the perfect opportunity to take on new projects and gain some new skills.

This month, as you work to learn some new things, consider learning about areas of home maintenance. Doing so can help you to better take care of your home and to avoid costly and inconvenient repairs throughout the year. Here are a few HVAC tips that will get you off to a good start and will help to make things run smoothly throughout the year.

The Importance of Sun Protection

sun protectionThere is often confusion about what sort of protection outdoor HVAC systems need. After all, you often hear of concerns about having too many plants or shrubs near your unit, as the extra debris can block it and create problems.

At the same time, you hear it’s necessary to shade your unit. Both are true, but the real answer is that it’s helpful to shade your entire home, including your HVAC unit, as much as possible. By purposefully protecting metals from the sun, you reduce the work that the unit is doing and make it easier to keep your home cool.

Additionally, while working to shade the entire home – as opposed to focusing solely on the HVAC unit – you make it less likely that your unit will be surrounded by debris. So, as you start the new year, work to find ways to better shade your home and HVAC unit in preparation for the hot summer days ahead.

Did You Remember to Clear Vent Circulation?

If your HVAC unit isn’t heating or cooling properly, one of the first things to check is your vent circulation. First, check to make sure that all vents are opened and that they’re not covered by furniture. Next, check to make sure that the vents are cleared of any obstructions. Finally, check to make sure that your air filters are clean.

clear vent circulation

Keeping vents open, clear and clean is important to ensure that your system is functioning effectively and efficiently. Regular maintenance and cleaning is the best way to make sure that your vents are clear and properly circulating air.

HVAC Drainage Hole and Line

hvac drainage holeYour HVAC unit has a condensate drain to collect water that results from the air conditioning process. The drain pan is part of the evaporator coils, and there is a drain line that carries water down and out of your house.

It’s important that all aspects of your HVAC drainage are working properly. Dirt, debris, mold, mildew and other particles can all block that drainage line, creating problems throughout your unit and putting you at risk for water damage in your home. Avoid these issues by checking to ensure that the drainage line is clean, working properly and that the hole is not clogged.

The best HVAC tip to keep in mind as you start the year is that regular cleaning and maintenance is the best thing you can do to avoid heating or cooling issues and an HVAC emergency. Contact a local professional to schedule a maintenance or service call today.

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