Your home’s furnace is something that you likely don’t give too much thought to until the colder months of the year when you rely on it to keep you and your family nice and warm. With that in mind, you’ve got to take steps to tend to furnace cleaning to keep your HVAC system up and running and operating at peak efficiency. Here are a few tips from Rockford Heating & Air Conditioning to help.
Tend to Your Air Filters
Just as having clear lungs allows you to breathe easier and better, the same principle applies to your furnace filters. How often you should clean your filters is determined by how often you use your furnace and the type of filters you have. At the very least, you’ll want to check your filters at least once a month. Investing in reusable filters is a good idea to save money, and HEPA filters can help reduce the number of allergens and pollutants blowing rampant through your vent and throughout your home.
Enlist the Help of a Professional
If you don’t have a professional background in HVAC care and repair, then you don’t have the extensive knowledge and equipment necessary to take optimum care of your furnace. Professional technicians can inspect your furnace and the rest of your system to see if there are any areas or components that need to be serviced. What’s more is the fact that an expert can give you a heads up on any problems your unit is having so that you can take action or start saving up if the repair will soon become a major issue.
Clean the Fan and Blower
While you’re inspecting and cleaning your air filters, check your unit’s fan and blower as well to see if there’s any dust that needs to be cleaned off. Your furnace’s dehumidifier should also be calibrated to the right level, something that a professional can help you decide on. Give the humidifier a good cleaning at least once a month along with your filters, and try to only use purified or soft water with your humidifier.
Clean the Vents and Ducts
Occasionally, you’ll want to clean your ducts and vents, which can be done with a high-powered vacuum cleaner and brush. Well-cleaned ducts and vents are vital for proper operation and overall longevity of your unit. There’s also the fact that clogged vents and ducts can present a number of hazards for you and your family as well as your wallet.