Maintenance Tips
Safety Tips
Keeping your heating and cooling systems in good working order means your utility bills will be lower, your home will be more comfortable, and youíll need to call for repairs less often.


Maintenance Scheduling
Schedule a maintenance service call before the heating season starts. If there are any problems with your system, itís better to find out before itís freezing outside! Do the same for your cooling system before sweltering season begins.

Filters
Manufacturers recommend cleaning or replacing your filters every month your system is in use. Operating your system with dirty filters means energy is wasted and can be harmful for your system. While youíre at it, check and clean the filters in your homeís humidifier.

System Checks
If you have a forced air heating system check your furnaceís blower compartment and blower coils. Vacuum them if you see dirt and dust there. You should also check fan belt tension, and lubricate fan and motor bearings if applicable. Many of today's systems do not have belts and use sealed bearings that do not require oiling. If in doubt call a qualified technician.

Donít keep clutter near your furnace. Itís a fire hazard, and may keep your system from operating efficiently. To make sure youíre getting the most out of your heating system, keep the heating registers and vents throughout the house free of dust, dirt, and pet hair by vacuuming them at least once a year.

Listen for odd sounds when your heating or cooling system kicks in. If you hear anything unusual, get in touch with your service professional so you can head off problems before they become serious.

In winter months, set your ceiling fan at its slowest speed and reverse it in order to gently push warm air down from the ceiling without generating a breeze.
Have your furnace checked every fall to make sure youíll be comfortable all winter long. When properly maintained, your furnace should provide many years of safe, low-cost heat.

  • Check your furnaceís filter regularly. Be sure to replace or clean the filter thoroughly if you canít see through it when it is held up to the light.

  • Inspect the connection where flue pipes enter the chimney. If there is any sign of rust, have a new pipe installed immediately in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Keep the area around your furnace free from clutter. This can increase the furnaceís efficiency and decrease the chance of fire.

    It is important to have your air conditioner inspected regularly. Preventative maintenance will extend the life of the unit and keep it running efficiently and effectively during the hot summer months.

  • Keep the area around the outside unit free of all dead leaves, trash, and vegetation for maximum efficiency.

  • Check the furnace filter regularly during the summer months. Dirty or blocked filters can cause high energy consumption and may even cause the A-coil to freeze.

  • Extend the life of your air conditioning unit by having it professionally tuned and cleaned on a regular basis.
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