The hot summer temperatures in Arkansas can be very hard on your HVAC equipment. Along with regular maintenance visits by a qualified technician, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that all of your ducts are in a row and ready for the summer heat!
Replace your air filter monthly - dirty air filters are the number one reason for HVAC system failures. Neglecting your air filter affects the efficiency of the system and can cause premature failure of key components. Your fan and motor work harder and consume more energy which costs you money. Dirty filters also mean your system isn't properly cleaning your air. This allows dirt and other particles into your home causing problems for those who suffer with allergies.
Keep intake and output vents clean - along
with changing your filter regularly, make sure you clear the dust and
debris from the vents where filters are located. This will help keep
the filter clean longer.
Keep area around the outside unit clean - make sure the area around the outside unit is clear and unobstructed. Do not place things on top of the unit and keep the area free of combustible materials.
Vent equipment properly - make sure that all fuel-burning equipment is properly vented to the outside. This includes furnaces, water-heaters, gas stoves, etc. In addition to proper ventilation, make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors in key areas in the home. Since this poisonous gas is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, everyone using fuel-burning equipment should have them. It's a good idea to test the function of detectors monthly when you change air filters.
Have your system inspected by a professional - regular system tune-ups keep your system in optimal condition. Your HVAC service technician can identify problems before they lead to complete system failures.