Maintaining the HVAC system for your New Orleans, Louisiana, home regularly can extend its lifespan, save energy, and prevent inconvenient breakdowns. You should have your system inspected by a professional technician in spring and fall. Between professional HVAC maintenance appointments, you can take care of your system yourself to keep it in top shape. Change your air filters, clean your outdoor unit, and check your ductwork to keep your heating and air conditioning system healthy.
Changing Your Air Filters
A dirty air filter can lower your indoor air quality by spreading pollutants like dirt, dust, pollen, and mold around your home. It also forces your HVAC system to work harder and increases your utility bills. For the best airflow and efficiency, check your air filter once per month and change it when it gets dirty, or at least every three months. Those with pets may need to change their air filters more often. Many thermostats will let you know when it’s time to change your air filter, and some can even communicate with your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Cleaning Your Outdoor Unit
Keep leaves, branches, grass clippings, and other debris away from your outdoor HVAC unit so it can work efficiently. You should also trim shrubs and other plants near your outdoor unit. Your HVAC unit should have least two feet of space on all sides.
Checking Your Ductwork
Dirty ductwork increases your utility bills and lowers your indoor air quality. To check if your ductwork needs cleaning, remove an air register and touch the inside of the duct with a clean cloth or your finger. If you can wipe off lots of dirt or gunk or you see spider webs, mold, or pest droppings, have the ducts cleaned by a professional.
Bryans United Air Conditioning has over 30 years of HVAC experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a range of heating and air conditioning equipment, as well as generators. Call us at 504-208-2071 for excellent service and an expert maintenance appointment.
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