Whenever the seasons change, it’s time to examine your HVAC system and do some preventative maintenance. Maintenance may feel like a never-ending series of little costs that add up over time, but we’ve found that maintenance actually saves you money in the long run. Properly maintained equipment runs more smoothly and doesn’t break down as often, saving you on the larger costs of brand new parts. Smooth running also means more energy efficiency, which means your energy bills are lower, too. As you’re researching HVAC services in Cartersville, here are a couple checklists to keep in mind:

Cold Weather Maintenance

During the fall and winter, you will have a lot of components to inspect on your heating system to ensure that everything is functional, especially your heat exchanger and your ignition and burner assembly. You should also check the condition of various parts such as your belts and pulleys, your electrical connections, your fans and blowers, and your control systems.

Once you’ve done this, you can clear out your drain lines and pans and lubricate your motors, bearings, and other moving parts, and clean anything else that needs attention. You should also replace your filters, even if they seem okay at first glance. Clogged filters slow down the flow of air and can end up costing you a lot of money in energy production.

Warm Weather Maintenance

As spring and summer roll around, it’s time to examine your cooling equipment. The principles are the same as when you do your cold-weather maintenance, in that you’re cleaning up whatever you can and replacing what you must.

On this system, you’ll clean your condenser and evaporator coils, and here, too, you’ll need to clear your drain lines and pans. As before, you’ll also need to check on the condition of your pulleys and belts and your electrical connections. You should also test your air flow and inspect your refrigerant charge to make sure everything is working properly. Also as with your heating system, your motor and other moving parts will need to be well lubricated, and your filter will need to be replaced, for the same reasons that we mentioned above.

Many of these tasks are ones that you could perform yourself with sufficient training. Otherwise, you can hire an HVAC service to schedule regular maintenance, so that you have one less thing to worry about. Meet with your contractor to discuss your system and answer any questions he may have, such as how long it’s been running, or to ask him questions of your own.