The old saying ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is true in many situations, including your heating and cooling system. Unfortunately, consumers often forget about their HVAC system until something goes wrong. And when that occurs, it may be too late. Properly maintaining your HVAC unit, however, will help reduce the chance of experiencing an emergency heating repair, which can be costly.


Ignoring Signs is a Big No-No

Hearing strange sounds coming from your heating and cooling unit, dealing with higher than normal energy bills or experiencing uneven heating are all signs that your HVAC unit may have a problem. Ignoring these problems could lead to potentially dangerous malfunctions or even a complete breakdown, which will leave you without heating during those cold winter months. Smells, poor performance and unusual sounds are all indications that your heating system isn’t functioning how it was designed to.

Sign Up for a Preventive Maintenance Plan

Preventive maintenance plans are usually performed once or twice a year, and they are designed to keep your unit functioning properly and its highest efficiency. Furthermore, most HVAC companies who offer these annual maintenance plans will also give a discount on repairs, parts and labors to any of their customers who sign up for the plan. The HVAC technician will inspect your heating and cooling system – including the ductwork and thermostat – and perform a tune-up. They will also be able to determine if your unit may experience potential repairs and fix any problems to prevent said repairs.

Change the Air Filter Regularly

The air filter of your HVAC unit is an important yet often overlooked part of your heating and cooling system. When the air filter becomes dirty or clogged, it restricts air flow causing the unit to work harder just to maintain the desired temperature. Furthermore, a dirty air filter lowers your indoor air quality, which can have a negative effect on your overall health and well being. Thankfully, changing the air filter is a quick and simple preventive maintenance task that you can complete yourself. A good general rule of thumb is to replace the filter once every 1 to 3 months, depending on the type of filter. Some HVAC models require the filter to be cleaned instead of changed. In this case, simply clean the filter as recommended by the manufacture every once a month or so.