Your home’s HVAC unit means the difference between sweating through a late-summer heat wave and relaxing in cool comfort. Take care of your HVAC unit, and it will take care of you. It’s always good to have an expert on your side, like Ernst Heating & Cooling. However, you too can play an essential role in keeping your home comfort system ready and running. Check out our five home maintenance facts for keeping your home comfortable throughout the changing Midwest seasons.
1. Buy a good air filter and change it according to the manufacturer’s instructions
Your HVAC unit’s air filter traps dust, debris, pollen, and other pollutants before entering your home. Cleaner air can cut down on allergy symptoms and upper respiratory problems. It also makes it easier for your HVAC system to work. You should change most air filters every two to three months or risk a clogged filter that forces your system to work too hard. Questions? Ask your Ernst Heating & Cooling service technician which filter is best for your HVAC system.
2. Remove the clutter around your HVAC components
Summer storms and fall weather can deposit sticks, yard waste, leaves, and other debris around your outside HVAC unit. Make sure the surrounding area stays clear. If your furnace is in a closet, you may be tempted to use the area around it as a storage space. That’s like sending dust a written invitation to settle down there and make its way into the vent system.
3. Clean your vents
Over time, your vent covers can accumulate dust and other crud in the slats. Not only is this unsightly, but it can also strain your HVAC system as it tries to circulate comfortable air around your home. Use your vacuum to clean the vent covers every couple of weeks. If you’re feeling industrious, remove the vent covers and use a vacuum attachment to grab any dust or pet hair that’s taken up residence within the ductwork. If you notice dust being expelled from a clean register or are concerned about pests within your ductwork, consider professional Ernst Heating & Cooling’s professional duct cleaning service.
4. Replace the battery of your home’s carbon monoxide detector annually
These devices can be lifesavers. Pick a date (how about your birthday?) and replace the batteries so you know you and your family are protected.
5. Invest in the Ernst Comfort Plan
Certain things should be left to the professionals. The Ernst Comfort Plan ensures that your HVAC system runs efficiently with two precision tune-ups annually, priority scheduling, and a 15 percent discount on repairs.
Ernst Heating & Cooling has more than 70 years of experience in the HVAC business. Let us keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter with our expert repair, installation, and maintenance services. Call us at 618.217.1836 or schedule an appointment online. Your family’s total comfort is our goal.