5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System in Las Vegas and Henderson NV
If you are a homeowner or property manager, it’s important to understand that HVAC systems are not indestructible. Systems that do not receive the proper maintenance will become worn down, be more likely to break, and require unnecessary replacements down the line. Here at A-Tech Heating and Cooling we pride ourselves in providing the best education for homeowners because at the end of the day, education holds the most value.
Change Your Air Filter Every Few Months
You’d be surprised to learn how often people overlook replacing their air filter, even though it is arguably one of the least time and money-consuming ways to make sure that your home gets the care it needs. The most often an air filter should be changed is once a month, and that would only make sense for families that have allergies or many pets. And the longest a home should go without having a filter replaced is three months.
Failing to replace a filter on time can lead to it growing mildew, becoming clogged, and increasing the pressure between the duct and the HVAC unit which can lead to failures. When replacing your filter it’s important to get the correct filter design for your HVAC system and ducts, and it’s also important to look for a high quality filter which can trap small pollutants and allergens.
Keep Vents Clean
In the same way that it’s important to wipe dust off of fans and surfaces in your home to minimize the amount of pollutants you breathe in, it’s also important to clean your duct-work grilles and vents. Vents that accumulate dust will end up blowing that same dust all-around of your home as well as carry it to your main unit, which can lead to it becoming noisy or broken.
Wash Your AC Unit Every Few Months or As Necessary
If your AC unit accumulates dirt or debris on it, whether it be from mulch or dust that has been kicked up with rain, it’s important to wash it off using a water hose. Don’t use a pressure washer because too much pressure can damage your cooling equipment – which is definitely not something you’d want to deal with. Also, make sure that you are not spraying water directly into your unit. Apply some pressure to the hose using your thumb and then spray down the sides.
Schedule Regular Spring and Fall HVAC Maintenance
Instead of dealing with failing units in the middle of summer or winter, it’s best to be as proactive as possible. That is why we offer spring and fall maintenance packages that are designed to save you money in the long run and minimize the chances of an AC or heating unit breaking down. One of the things we do as a part of our cleaning and maintenance packages is making sure that condensate drains are not blocked. If we detect water near your unit or we discover that water is hitting the fan blades, you can be sure that we will solve the problem immediately.
If you’re interested in learning more about our services or the maintenance packages that we offer, feel free to give us a call at (702) 489-5500.