With summer just around the corner, now is the time to pay attention and attend to the needs of your HVAC system. Your HVAC unit works hard to keep you and your family comfortable, and all it requires is some routine maintenance. Surprisingly, your HVAC works harder than the engine in your vehicle – and your vehicle requires service calls every six months! If you’ve yet to inspect your HVAC unit, now is the best time to do it. The following article will provide you with some HVAC tips that will help save you money in the long run.

Listen for Odd Noises


Be on the lookout for any noises that sound “off.” For example, if you start your air conditioner and hear a grinding or scraping noise, check the outside unit and ensure that the fan is not obstructed by debris or a technical issue. Unusual noises may indicate that your HVAC unit isn’t operating efficiently or that it’s not working at all. If the noise doesn’t go away on its own, be sure to contact an HVAC specialist for maintenance.


Air Filter Replacements


The air filters in your HVAC unit are directly responsible for the quality of air within your home. It’s recommended that homeowners replace their HVAC air filters every 30 days and wait no longer than 90 days to swap them out. If you’re the owner of cats or dogs, you may want to replace the air filters more frequently due to the abundance of fur and hair in your living space. Leaving a dirty and clogged air filter in your HVAC unit for too long can lead to a system malfunction, which would result in expensive repairs.


Clean Your Vents


Dust and debris accumulate in your vents, especially when your HVAC system is powered off. To clean your vents effectively, you’ll need a vacuum cleaner with an extendable hose. We recommend using a shop-vac due to its powerful capabilities; however, a regular vacuum cleaner with an extendable hose will work. After you’re done cleaning your vents, check to see how strong the airflow is. Weak airflow may result in inadequate heating and cooling, but it might be the result of an undiagnosed HVAC issue.


At Thomson Industries, we’re proud to offer the finest HVAC systems and equipment. To ensure that your HVAC system remains in good working order, it’s important to maintain it on a regular basis. Enlisting the services of an HVAC professional for residential or commercial maintenance will ensure that your unit continues to save you money and keep you comfortable. For more information, contact Thomson Industries today!