Your HVAC system does more for you than you might realize. You count on it to warm the house in the winter and cool the house in the summer. But, it will improve the air quality in your home while it does these things, helping to fend off things like allergies and asthma attacks. Here is a checklist you can use monthly to make sure you are doing all you can to care for your heating and air conditioning system:
Check the filter
Remove the air return vent cover once a month to make sure the air filter is still clean. If you find it to be dirty, then you need to put a new one in. Put the vent cover back in place after you have dusted it.
Check the registers in each room
You should be checking the registers in every room of your home about once a month. This also gives you a good opportunity to dust them, which will help to prevent more dust and allergens from getting stirred up around the house. You want to check the registers when the system is on and make sure you feel the same amount of air coming from each one. If one of the registers doesn't seem to be working, have someone come out to check for leaks or other issues.
Check the condenser housing
Go outside to the condenser housing unit once a month. Take a look at the concrete pad and make sure it is still sitting level. You should also make it a point to go outside and check on the condition of the concrete pad after you have had a good rainstorm. This is due to the fact that a good rain can cause movement in the soil under the concrete pad that your HVAC system's condenser and housing unit sets on. Make sure there isn't any trash near the housing and make sure you keep the area weeded and have the bushes kept trimmed back away from it. Listen for any new sounds. If there are new sounds coming from it or the concrete pad is sinking on one side, then you are going to want to have someone come out to do the necessary repairs. Also, if you see that any of the vents are dented in, collapsed, or damaged in any other way, then you are going to want to have them fixed because pests will be able to get through them and cause damages.
If you've gone through this checklist and still worry your system may have damage, talk to a heating repair specialist today.