One of the biggest responsibilities I have as a homeowner is taking care of my HVAC system.
It wasn’t until I moved into my first home that I realized the importance of hiring an HVAC professional twice per year to service both the furnace and the air conditioner.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that homes didn’t have working heat and air by chance. Instead, you had to put in the effort to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. Although I hire an HVAC professional twice per year, I still like to manage the HVAC system the rest of the year on my own. I make sure to clean the outside condenser unit with soap and water, I clear the leaves and sticks away from the bottom of the unit, and I replace my air filter whenever it’s congested. I didn’t realize that I could change the air filter myself until an HVAC professional showed me how to do it. The HVAC professional said that changing the air filter twice per year wasn’t enough, because it slowed down the air flow. I needed to change it at least twice in between the times an HVAC professional serviced my HVAC system. I agreed, but I struggled to find a good time to replace the air filter. I didn’t want to constantly check it to see if it was full or not. The HVAC professional suggested that I replace it halfway between each tuneup or if there was a significant increase in my utility bill.