HVAC equipment costs a lot of money to buy and getting the most out of these systems requires years of proper maintenance. A well taken care of HVAC system can serve you for many years; however, a system that's mostly ignored is sure to die early after a life of constant breakdowns and repairs.
As important as it is to take proper care of your HVAC equipment, it's also important to realize that there are things you shouldn't do as these can cause more harm than good.
Do: Schedule Regular Maintenance
Unless you work in this field, there is only so much you can do for your HVAC system. There are certain issues that you won't know what to make of and there are even others you may fail to notice. This is why it's always a good idea to have an expert in HVAC equipment maintenance coming over at least once every year. This allows them to address any issues they notice early.
Don't: Take on Tasks that are Beyond Your Skills
There is a lot you can do for your heating and cooling system, but it's also important to recognize the limits of your skills. If you try to take on a very complex task, there is a risk that you'll damage something. This could cost you a lot more than it would have to call in an expert.
Do: Change Your Filters Regularly
Heating and cooling systems can go through filters rather quickly. Depending on your environment, your filters could be getting clogged at a very fast rate. This can greatly lower the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Learn how to change your filters as this is something you'll probably be doing often.
Don't: Ignore Abnormally High Bills
Unless you've recently added an energy-hungry appliance to your home, an unusually high bill is likely to be traced back to your heating or cooling system. Not only do these systems use up a lot of energy, but their energy consumption can also rise quickly because of a relatively small issue. Therefore, they should be the first suspects.
Do: Seek the Opinion of Experts
When there's an issue that has you stumped, you should never hesitate to consult heating and cooling contractors. Whether the issue seems small or not, the fact that you've noticed it is reason enough to find out what it means. An expert's opinion could save your equipment or even your life.