3 DIY Habits for Your HVAC System’s Health

Summers are pretty hot in Mount Pleasant, Texas, and a problem with your HVAC system could make you and your family miserable. You can prevent expensive, inconvenient breakdowns by maintaining your air conditioner regularly. Change your air filter, keep things clean, and protect your outdoor unit for a healthy HVAC system.

Change Your Air Filter

Change your HVAC system’s air filter every month to keep your indoor air quality high, save energy, and prevent breakdowns caused by dust, pollen, pet dander, and other pollutants. If your filter is dirty or clogged, your system will have to work harder, increasing your utility bills and shortening your air conditioner’s life. Make sure you use a new filter that has the same rating as your old filter. If the rating is too high, you won’t get as much airflow, and if it’s too low, the new filter won’t catch as many contaminants.

Keep Everything Clean

Vacuuming regularly keeps household dust and dirt from spreading through your ductwork and HVAC system, and it improves your indoor air quality. You should also use a garden hose to remove dirt, grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and other debris from your outdoor unit. Don’t use a pressure washer because it could damage your unit, and check for new debris every week.

Protect Your Outdoor Unit

Trim trees and bushes near your outdoor unit to improve airflow and keep debris away. You should have at least 2 feet of space on all sides of your unit for optimum airflow. For extra protection, build an awning over your unit. This also adds shade and helps you save energy. A wall or fence around your system will give you more shade, protect your outdoor unit from strong winds, and help it blend in with the rest of your landscaping.

You should have your air conditioner checked by a professional at least once per year. Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing has more than 60 years of experience, and we can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC systems. Call us at 903-285-6550 for great service from expert technicians.

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