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Spring HVAC Tune-Up Tips

You should have your heating and cooling systems inspected and maintained every spring and fall, according to HVAC professionals.

It is important to do things like inspect and clean the wiring and other components.

Here are some other things you should be doing on a routine basis to make sure your heating and air conditioning system is in good condition and delivering the most efficient service.

Install a good filter

You should use a pleated air filter in your system. These filters have an electrostatic charge that magnetically captures even the smallest particles, and can filter out dust that contains bacteria.

Replace the air filter at least once every three months

But you should check it every month to see what kind of condition it is in. If it looks dark and filled with dust, you should change it. If you have pets, you should probably change your filter each month.

Check outdoor units and heat pumps

There should be at least two feet of space around outdoor air conditioning compressors and heat pumps. Spring, summer and fall, you should check the outdoor units to make sure they are clear of any material such as leaves or twigs. Also, when you mow the grass, make sure you avoid getting any grass clippings on the unit.

Periodically check the insulation covering the refrigeration lines that run into the house

If you notice that any of the insulation is missing or damaged, you need to replace it.

Check the position of the outdoor units

They need to be on ground that is firm and level. Even better, the unit should be placed on a concrete pad.

Prevent clogging

You can do this by pouring a cup of bleach combined with water into the condensate drain of the air conditioner. This will help to prevent algae and mold from growing and clogging the drain.

If you have a humidifier, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier in the summer

Then, in the fall, replace the humidifier wick filter before you turn the heat back on and set the humidity to about 35 or 40 percent. Turn the water supply on afterwards.

Keep the registers open

Do not close more than one-fifth of the registers in your home at any one time. If you close too many, you force your system to work harder and use more energy.

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