Home maintenance can be over-whelming and Heating and Air Conditioning can be something you don’t think about unit it stops working. I sat down with Jerry Myers with Super Cool Heating and Air
for some general information homeowners should do to make their current system last as long as possible.
CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTER
In short, change your filters on a monthly basis to keep the system working it’s best and to keep the air you and your family breathe as healthy as possible.
One thing that was new to me was that not all air filters of the same size should be used inter-changeably. If you’ve ever been to Lowes or Home Depot to buy these, you’ve seen the loose mesh version you can see through all of the way up to thicker felt-like accordion filters. The prices of these things they vary widely so I would think that the more expensive ones would be better for my system. According to Jerry, you need a professional to look at your system to see if it can handle the tightly woven filters. If you have only one or two intakes in your home, it could choke too much airflow and can shorten the functional life of your unit.
GET TO KNOW YOUR SYSTEM BY GETTING IT SERVICED
Many people buy a home, but don’t really know about the equipment it has. Heating and Air Systems are installed differently in many homes due to access in attics and crawl spaces. Builders may have cut corners with the HVAC, so it’s super important to have it inspected twice a year and know what you can do in-between times to keep it working.
HOW'S YOUR EVAPORATOR DRAIN?
AC units create condensation as they cool your home- just like the water dripping under your car on a hot summer day when the AC is on. The system should be installed where this condensation is captured and drained through a pipe that takes it out of the house where it most likely drips at ground level. Jerry Myers advises homeowners to add one teaspoon of bleach at the beginning of each season to keep insects from building nests in these drain pipes. If a wasp or other insect were to build their nest in there, it clogs the pipe whereby the water builds up in the overflow pan and will eventually overflow. Many times these systems are up in the attic so sheetrock damage is common with these overflow situations.
Many heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) companies like Super Cool Heating and Air have annual service contracts available to make sure your system isn’t having any issues. The technician can should you what you need to look for on your system so you know how it works and what filters you should be buying and changing out regularly.
I hope that helps someone out there with some basics about your HVAC system. Stay cool!