Without a well-maintained central heating and air system, you would die.

Actually, that’s an exaggeration. In reality, however, a poorly maintained HVAC system can lead to all sorts of unwanted costs “after the fact” — e.g. mildew, mold, air quality problems, and general discomfort. And if you’ve ever been in a room full of overly hot family members in the middle of a sweltering summer, you know that discomfort can escalate into unwanted drama. So for the sake of your sanity, your health, and your pocketbook, consider these critical HVAC maintenance tips.

1. Get a tune up done – once a year or more often, if you need it.

The components that comprise an HVAC system are complex and highly interconnected. Broken, fractured, or warped tubing in one area can create damage that can cascade through the system, causing additional damage. Put it on your calendar – do HVAC maintenance at least once a year.

2. Check your filters.

Just like you need to change the various filters in your car; so, too, you must change the filters on your HVAC system to reduce indoor air pollution, mold, contaminants, and other problems. Dirty filters also can cause energy waste, because your system will need to push that much harder to function. Filter changes should happen every three months or sooner, depending on your needs and usage.

3. Seal in savings.

Thanks to the second law of thermodynamics, your duct work is constantly in a state of becoming less efficient. You can use tape, sealant, and other mechanisms to make sure that connections and seams are sealed. Fixing up your duct work – undoing the damage caused by the natural entropy of your home – can save you a bundle on heating and energy bills and prevent mold and moisture-related damage.

4. Think twice about “DIY” HVAC maintenance or repair.

Even if you fancy yourself a bit handy and you’ve worked on your own HVAC system successfully in the past, odds are that you’re limited in terms of your knowledge of HVAC techniques and safety needs. Done incorrectly, HVAC maintenance can actually degrade your system, increase the risk of leaks, fires, and grander damage to your home, and even threaten your own physical safety.

If you live in the Bay Area, consider trusting your HVAC maintenance to the experienced, highly credentialed team at B.A. Morrison. Call us today at (510) 538-9817 for a free consultation about your HVAC needs.

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