What you can do to care for your systems:
- Check your filters—Air filters, when they are doing their job, purify the air that’s running through your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. This means they clean the air by absorbing the dirt; they are designed to get dirty. However, a dirty filter can wear down these units quickly, so keeping clean filters help prolong the life of your system.
- Follow Manufacturer Instructions—Failure to do this can result in harm to yourself or others. This causes serious damage, both to you and your property.
- Remove Debris—If you have an outdoor unit, keep it free from grass clippings, shrubbery, leaves, etc. This will keep the system running properly and prevent it from shutting down. This requires small effort, but helps a lot.
- Clean Humidifier—At least every time you turn your heat on after it’s been off for a while (once a winter).
- Check Level—Your system should be pretty securely installed but extremely high winds and other elements can contribute to putting the unit askew. It’s very important to keep outdoor coils level for them to function properly.
- Inspect Ventilation—It’s important to check the furnace combustion and ventilation system when you clean the humidifier (before each heating season) to make sure nothing looks wrong.
- Clean or Replace Air Cleaner—Much like the filters, the air cleaners get dirty often. In order to keep the system functioning, you should clean electronic air cleaners at least 2 or 3 times per year.
- Brush Exterior—Keeping the outside clean is just as important as cleaning this inside clean. If you notice your outdoor coil is dirty, simply brush or vacuum the surface clean.
Maintaining your systems is key to prolonging the life of your units as well as saving you money by avoiding costly break downs. These steps also make it easier for the furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps to work, making them more energy efficient and saving you money!