Itâ€™s almost summer, people. That means days spent lounging on the beach with a frosty drink or in front of the TV with the A/C blasting. But wait â€” before you start running your cooling system, change the HVAC filter and get a professional tune-up. Your wallet (and your system) will thank you.
What's in it for you?
- Increased HVAC Efficiency
- Better Air Quality
- Longer Machine Life
Replace Your HVAC Filter
Locate your HVAC filter. Start by checking your return air intakes â€” the large air vents on your walls. Open their doors by releasing the clips on top of the frames. If thereâ€™s a filter inside, great. If not, don't give up. Check the unit itself â€” youâ€™ll find the filter in a slot under, above, or on the intake side of the unit.
Get new filters. Donâ€™t forget to measure the ones you already have â€” all the ones you already have (sometimes different vents have different sizes). Head over to your local store where youâ€™ll find many filters ranging from cheap (usually lasts about a month) to expensive (washable). Aim to get ones with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) of 7 to 13.
Install the new filters. This is the easiest part â€” open the return air intake door (if you have one) and slide the old filter out. Put the new filter in, making sure the arrows for â€œair flowâ€ point inwards (if you install it backwards it wonâ€™t filter as well). Check your filter every month and change it again when itâ€™s dirty.
Now That Your Filter Is Clean, Get a Tune-Up from a Professional
HVAC Tune-Ups Prevent Breakdowns. Did you know over 40% of HVAC repairs are preventable? Dirt and debris collect over time and strain the system, meaning rust and other damage. Not good.
HVAC Tune-Ups Increase Efficiency. HVAC systems that arenâ€™t properly maintained lose between 5% and 13% of their energy efficiency every year. Be kind to the planet. And your wallet.
HVAC Tune-Ups Improve Air Quality. As your machine runs, it collects dust, which circulates around your home, aggravating allergies and other respiratory problems. Do it for your health.
Pro Tip: Because your HVAC professional tests the difference between the outside air temperature and the air inside your HVAC unit, youâ€™ll want to make sure itâ€™s at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit for the best summer tune-up.
Ready for a professional tune-up? Call us at 844-99-SUPER to schedule one.