Up here in Calgary we have to take HVAC maintenance seriously.
Even in a mild winter, an arctic cold front or a blizzard can blow in, making temperatures plummet, icing power lines and downing trees. There’s also the possibility your heating system can fail just when you need it most. That’s why it pays to stay on top of things.
Along with your other post-holiday chores, don’t neglect the HVAC maintenance. Here are some of the most important things to do.
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
1. Change your air filter.
If you don’t regularly change your air filter, you should start doing so. Good quality air filters should be changed according to manufacturer’s recommendations, but more often if your household generates a lot of dust, debris, pet dander or pollen. A clean air filter will promote good airflow in the system, so that it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home warm. It will also keep your air cleaner and lower your utility bills, since the furnace or other heating system won’t use as much energy to heat the home.
2. Clean the vents.
If you use your heating system a lot, the vents may become clogged with dirt and other debris. Check them regularly, vacuuming and cleaning grilles. Make sure the dampers to ducts are open so the air can flow freely.
3. Add insulation; seal air leaks.
One of the best ways to lower your energy bill is to ensure that heated air stays inside your home, and cold air doesn’t get inside. You can hire a professional to do an energy loss inspection in your home, or you can do an informal check, passing a lighted incense stick in front of windows, doors or any opening to the exterior of the home. Add insulation, weatherstripping and caulk as needed. Be sure to check the insulation levels on the floor of the attic. Insulation should be at least up to or over the joists.
To learn more about HVAC maintenance, contact Arpi’s Industries. We’ve served Calgary for more than 50 years.
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