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3 HVAC Maintenance Tasks You Can Handle Yourself

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Your Port Arthur, Texas, home is probably heated and cooled through a central HVAC system that provides heat during the winter months and air conditioning during the warm summer season. This HVAC system requires some regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. Some of these tasks should be left to a professional, but others are more basic and can be handled by an homeowners.

Light Cleaning

Your heating and cooling system works by moving air through ducts, where it can be pushed through the vents in each room of the house. When vents and registers become clogged with dirt and debris, the air can't flow as freely, resulting in reduced efficiency and higher bills. Make sure to vacuum the vents and registers regularly with a soft brush attachment to remove any built-up dirt and debris. It's also important to keep these clear, so avoid placing any furniture or items in ways that would block them.

Changing the Filter

The filter in your HVAC system is also an important aspect of its overall efficiency. When air flows through the system to be heated or cooled, the filter prevents dirt, pollen, dander, and other debris from moving into the ducts. If the filter is clogged with dirt, it can no longer do its job, resulting in these contaminants building up in your ducts and limiting airflow. Dirty ducts can also contribute to poor indoor air quality, which can impact the health of your family. Change the filter as often as is recommended by your manufacturer.

Outdoor Unit Care

Your air conditioning system has an outdoor unit that contains the compressor. This unit is critical to the overall functionality of the cooling system, so make sure its housing is clean and free of debris. Leaves, grass clippings, and other material can get into the unit, leading to poor efficiency, so keep bushes and trees trimmed and leave plenty of space around it. You can also vacuum out the housing about once a year.

For HVAC maintenance or repairs, contact the professionals at Thermacon Service Company, Inc. by calling 866-797-1535.

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