Whether your HVAC system is for a large commercial facility or within your home, it’s important to take care of your equipment. As seasons change, your HVAC equipment becomes more vulnerable. This is because they have to change their tasks and each season requires different maintenance practices. Here are some simple DIY instructions to help extend the life and efficiency of your equipment. You can end the suffering!

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Rotate That Filter

The easiest way to make a big difference without breaking the bank? Clean or change out filters! As time goes on, dust and debris can easily build up causing your system to work harder than normal. This adds stress, not to mention uses up tremendous amounts of energy to keep the air circulating. This is especially true after a harsh winter when systems may be running on a consistent basis. Most electronic models require a cleaning every 1-3 months. However, some of the newer models require cleaning and replaceable filters that need to be changed regularly. Be sure to understand the needs of your system!

Here are 4 Steps you can take when changing your Filters.

  1. Go to your A/C and write down the filter sizes. If you want to go the extra mile, check out the manufacturer’s recommendations in the operation manual or perform a search of the model # on the web.
  2. Go to your local hardware store and purchase your filters based on the size, efficiency and acceptable particle levels. Store these in your home or business.
  3. Set a reminder in your phone or calendar to switch out your filters. Change your filters at least once per quarter.
  4. Change your filters and repeat steps 1 thru 3 as needed!

Ventilation is Key

This means ensuring your units are open and unblocked.

Outdoors: Make sure outdoor air supply ducts are clear of plants and wildlife.

Indoors: Leave proper clearance for your return air grills. In commercial spaces, these grills are typically perforated. In your home, this grill is usually the largest and is located in the living room or the largest space in your house. If you have children, chances are there are a few toys and other debris.

Lastly, in business spaces, you can close the damper to restrict air flow, but this should be the last resort. Check above the ceiling for dampers. Closing the damper will redirect the airflow and will help save money.

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Clean Those Coils

This is necessary specifically in warmer weather and if your HVAC systems are outside. This equipment has small grooves within their coils that can easily get packed with debris, pollens and vegetation. The more build up, the worse off the system will be. A simple fix? Take a hose to it!

All these recommendations are easy things you can do yourself within your home or business. This will help you save time, money and other resources on maintenance and replacing the HVAC equipment you have – making your system last longer. However, we know not all problems can be solved so easily. If your HVAC system is causing trouble, be sure to reach out to Rasmussen Mechanical for all your HVAC maintenance needs.

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