DIY HVAC Safety Tips
Your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is one of the most important systems in your home. It keeps your indoor temperature consistent all year-round, regardless of the weather outside. When used right and maintained in good condition, it plays a significant role in keeping your residential spaces safer, more comfortable and healthier to live in.
While today’s HVAC systems have become more powerful and sophisticated than ever, it still pays to take good care of them and be extra careful when using them. It’s also helpful to carry out simple checking and maintenance that you can do on your own, aside from the investments you make to have them checked by a qualified HVAC expert at least every year.
The following are do-it-yourself HVAC safety tips for keeping your HVAC system at peak performance:
- Clean your air filters regularly to prevent dirt and debris from clogging the airflow. Change your filters before they get too worn out. It’s best to replace them with washable ones for greater efficiency.
- Test the control panel of the HVAC system such as the on/off buttons, temperature controls, timers, starting cycle and other components to ensure a safe and efficient operation every time.
- Check for debris and other foreign objects that may have accumulated in and around your outside units. Pay particular attention to the outdoor condensers as they tend to gather grease, grass and dust easily, especially during cold seasons.
- For pests, bugs, rodents and critters, your HVAC unit may be a good source of warm shelter during the colder months. Immediately address any pest control issues that could potentially affect ducts or insulation. Pest infestation can cause extensive and expensive damage, so early detection is key.
- Invest in a carbon monoxide detector unit, and make sure its battery is always in full power. A carbon monoxide leak is hard to detect as the gas is odorless and colorless. Having a detector alerts you to potential damage, helping you make sure your household is protected from the health risks that gas leaks may bring.
- Establish regular maintenance routines. Schedule maintenance and diagnostic checks performed by a qualified professional.
It is always very important to choose a contractor that can ensure that the technicians they hire and send to your home have proper training, experience and licenses. Investing in the service of a professional allows you to save time, avoid costly damage and ensure that your HVAC system runs efficiently all year round.