Maintenance Tips

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Take Steps to Maintain Your Home’s HVAC System

Here are some tips that will be useful for maintaining your home’s heating and cooling systems. You can also reach out to the experts at Yates Heating & Cooling for any questions you may have. Make sure to have a professional inspect your HVAC system annually to avoid any potential problems that may arise.

Winter Tips

  • Clear the vent piping on the side of your house of any snow that might be blocking it.
  • Replace your furnace filter if you have not already done so.
  • Replace your humidifier panel/pad at the start of the season.
  • Set your thermostat lower a few degrees at night to save energy.

Fall Tips

  • Replace or clean your reusable furnace filter.
  • Replace the batteries in your thermostat.
  • Make sure the vent piping on the side of your house is clear of leaves and debris.
  • Before the start of the winter season, make sure to check your furnace to ensure
    that it is working properly.

Spring Tips

  • Check your furnace filter – Keep in mind that your furnace blower runs
    the whole time your air conditioning is running, a dirty furnace filter can
    significantly make the furnace work harder and hinder the efficiency and
    cooling of your air conditioning.
  • Clear the air conditioner of any debris or obstructions – A broom
    and garden hose will do.
  • Sweep the bottom with a broom and spray in downward direction
    with a wide angle spray from garden hose to remove grass clippings,
    leaves and cottonwoods from the side of the unit.
  • Do not use a power washer because it can bend the fins.
  • Check your electrical panel – Make sure the circuit breaker for the air
    conditioning is on.
  • Test your air conditioner to make sure it is working before you need to use it.
  • Turn off your humidifier – Drain and clean out drum/reservoir style and
    shut off water supply to humidifier.
  • Make sure to close the bypass so that you don’t have air going through
    it in the summertime.

Summer Tips

The household schedule changes during the summertime, especially if you have kids who are now out of school or travel during these months. Adjust your thermostat settings to account for your family’s new schedule and any vacations that occur.

Think about your household’s potential summer schedule and be sure to program your
thermostat around them:

  • Since there is no bus to catch for the kids there will be a later wake-up time.
  • With family members home, adjust setbacks for more occupancy hours rather
    than a vacant home during the day.
  • Summer sports and activities that keep you out of the home for periods of time and
    later bedtimes.
  • Use ceiling fans together with air conditioning to reduce energy costs.
  • Prevent warm air from leaking into your home, replace or add caulk to seal air leaks.
  • When traveling, be sure to activate your programmable thermostat’s hold or vacation
    feature when you leave. This will save you money while away.
  • Upgrade to a smart or Wi-Fi thermostat. This takes the human error element out.

Check Your Furnace Filter

A dirty or plugged filter will make the furnace blower motor work harder, which will affect its ability to blow air through your home.
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