The HVAC systems of Sarasota and Bradenton area homes bear the responsibility for providing cooling and dehumidification during the cooling season, which is quite a task. If your HVAC system doesn’t keep your home as cool and comfortable as you like, now is a good time to schedule HVAC system maintenance to maximize comfort and efficiency into the heating months.
HVAC System Maintenance
About half of the average home’s energy consumption is attributed to HVAC systems. Professional maintenance is important for keeping energy bills reasonable, helping HVAC systems last longer and maximizing performance and comfort from season to season.
The primary components of the HVAC system requiring an annual checkup are the cooling and heating systems, the air filter and the air ducts that provide supply and return air circulation through the living spaces. Following are the basic steps your HVAC professional provides during scheduled HVAC system maintenance:
- The air ducts are inspected for debris accumulation along interior walls, which can harbor mold and bacterial growth, and be released into the living spaces.
- Duct seams are inspected for leaks.
- If your air ducts are not fabricated with insulation, all air ducts in the attic and crawl spaces are checked for proper insulation on the exterior duct walls.
- If leaks and insulation deficiencies are detected, you should be advised as such, and a plan for duct sealing and insulation best practices is suggested.
Heat Pump and A/C
- The filter, air handler, coils and other components are inspected for debris accumulation, and cleaned as needed. (Debris decreases heat exchange and increases energy bills.)
- Balanced airflow is verified by measurement.
- The coils and refrigerant lines are inspected for leaks.
- Refrigerant charge is checked and corrected if necessary.
- Electrical contacts and terminals are inspected for tightness and wear.
- Oil is applied to moving parts, such as the air handler motor.
- Thermostat function is checked. You may hear a suggestion to upgrade to a programmable thermostat if you are still using the old manual style.
For more details about HVAC system maintenance, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Aqua Plumbing & Air.
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