When it comes to keeping up your HVAC system, maintenance and cleaning need to be constant and consistent. That is, if you fail to perform a few basic cleaning tasks, your system is bound to suffer and you will pay for it through reduce efficiency and increased utility bills. This article explains two very simple cleaning task that could help to maintain the efficiency of your HVAC system. Luckily, these are both jobs you can do right now without even going to the store to buy any tools or supplies.
Clean the Evaporator Coils
The first job that you can start immediately is to clean your evaporator coils. Evaporator coils are attached to the heat pump, which is the large unit on the outside of your house. This appliance is, to put it basically, responsible for pulling warm air out of your house, and recirculating cold air into the air ducts and refrigerant lines. So, if the evaporator coils are not clean, they won't be able to properly do their job.
On top of this, evaporator coils, more than any other component within your central HVAC system, are going to be the most likely to get dirty because they are outside. Luckily, they are all so the easiest thing to clean. If your coils are too dirty, you can easily clean them with just a hose and some water. However, if there is dirt buildup on the coils, you might need to use a coil cleaning brush. These metal wire brushes are cheap and easy to use. Just make sure that you comb with the grain, and not against it. Otherwise, you might flatten the coils because they are quite fragile.
Clean the Air Return Register
Another equally important and simple job is to clean your air return register. This is a vital register because this is where air is circulated from your house, and back into your duct system. Some homes have several return registers. They are usually larger registers that are near the floor.
The return registers are only attached to the walls with a couple of screws. Remove the screws and clean the entire register, making sure that all the dirt is cleaned out of the gaps between the vent blades. As you can see, these are two jobs that can be handled in the matter of a couple hours. You don't need any tools, and you can start the work right now.
You can also get in touch with local air treatment services for further information.