The kids just got back from school, there’s an impromptu kickball game happening down the street, and you’re already busy making plans for the holidays in a couple of months. Things at this time of year can get hectic, but one thing you should make sure to do as soon as possible is give your home a little “tune-up” with some HVAC care and preventive maintenance.
After all, Long Island experienced one of its coldest winters earlier this year, and the summer was extra hot and humid. Before too much more time passes, here are a few simple home maintenance steps you can take to make sure your heating and cooling equipment is in top shape for another fall and winter.
Check your air filters every month.
Dirty air filters compromise your indoor air quality, decrease the efficiency of your HVAC systems, and put your HVAC equipment at risk of overheating. Your heating and cooling systems both have air filters which should be checked once a month to ensure they are clean and free of excess dust and dirt. When these filters do become dirty and clogged (usually every 90 days or so), be sure to clean or replace them.
Keep your AC unit free of debris.
Your air conditioning unit may only run during the summer, but it sits outside your home year-round — where it can collect leaves, twigs, and other types of debris. Now’s a good time to check your AC unit (and outdoor heat pump unit, if you have one) and clean out any debris using gloves and a stiff brush, if necessary. And while you’re at it, make sure there is at least two feet of clear space around all sides of your unit.
Schedule an HVAC tune-up.
Your heating and cooling systems both need regular preventative maintenance — at least one service tune-up every year — to continue running safely, smoothly, and efficiently. During a tune-up, your HVAC technician will inspect your equipment for safe and proper operation, lubricate all moving parts, tighten electrical connections, and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the equipment runs at peak performance.
As home performance experts with special expertise in HVAC equipment, we offer comprehensive tune-ups for both heating and AC equipment.
Call the Green Team LI experts at the first sign of trouble.
Worried that there may be a problem with your furnace or air conditioner? Don’t let an unexpected breakdown give you a headache. Whether your furnace simply didn’t heat your home the way it used to this past winter, or your air conditioner made strange noises all summer, we’re here to help you address your HVAC issues before they escalate into costly repairs. We’ll help you diagnose your HVAC equipment and determine the best course of action — whether that’s a minor repair, equipment replacement, or modifications to your ductwork.