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5 Essential HVAC Maintenance Tips for Year-Round Comfort

5 Essential HVAC Maintenance Tips for Year-Round Comfort

At C & H Cooling & Heating, we understand the importance of a well-functioning HVAC system. As a licensed HVAC installation and air conditioning company, we’ve seen firsthand how proper maintenance can make a world of difference in your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Here are five essential tips to keep your HVAC system running smoothly throughout the year:

1. Regular Filter Changes

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your HVAC system is by changing the air filters regularly. Clean filters ensure proper airflow, improve indoor air quality, and reduce strain on your system. We recommend checking your filters monthly and replacing them every 1-3 months, depending on usage and filter type.

2. Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clear

For optimal performance, ensure that your outdoor unit is free from debris such as leaves, grass clippings, and dirt. Maintain a clear space of at least two feet around the unit to allow for proper airflow. Regularly inspect the unit and gently clean it with a garden hose if necessary.

3. Schedule Professional Maintenance

While there are many tasks you can do yourself, nothing beats the expertise of a professional HVAC technician. At C & H Cooling & Heating, we recommend scheduling bi-annual maintenance checks – once in spring for your cooling system and once in fall for your heating system. Our trained technicians can identify and address potential issues before they become costly problems.

4. Optimize Your Thermostat Settings

Proper use of your thermostat can significantly impact your HVAC system’s efficiency and your energy bills. Consider investing in a programmable or smart thermostat to automatically adjust temperatures based on your schedule. During summer, set your thermostat to 78°F (26°C) when you’re home and higher when you’re away. In winter, aim for 68°F (20°C) when you’re home and lower when you’re asleep or away.

5. Seal and Insulate Your Home

A well-sealed and insulated home helps your HVAC system work more efficiently. Check for air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings, and seal them with weatherstripping or caulk. Ensure your attic and walls are properly insulated to prevent heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.

By following these essential maintenance tips, you can ensure your HVAC system operates at peak performance, providing year-round comfort and energy savings. Remember, if you encounter any issues or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact C & H Cooling & Heating. Our team of experienced technicians is always ready to help you maintain a comfortable and efficient home environment.