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Simple HVAC Maintenance Tips

At RMS, we understand that your HVAC system is responsible for roughly 45 percent of your utilities bill, and thus we are committed to helping you keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. Not only can we help you do this in person with our quality HVAC servicing and maintenance, but we also want to give you a few pointers on how you can keep your system running smoothly so your system does not break down unexpectedly.

An easy but effective way to keep your HVAC in good condition is making sure to keep the filter clean, as a dirty filter can clog the airflow to the HVAC causing it to be significantly less efficient. Even if the filter looks clean, it is good to replace it every 3-4 months.

Another simple yet effective tip is to clear the outside unit of any debris that may be impacting it. Do this by allowing at least 12 inches of space around the unit, and clearing any plants or branches that may be encroaching it. A good way to clean the debris from off your unit is to turn the unit off and use a steady, soft flow of water to wash off any items that may be hindering your HVAC system to be functioning well.

One of the best things you can do for your HVAC which requires a minimal amount of effort is knowing the best temperatures for it during the changing seasons. During the summer, the prime temperature for an HVAC system is 78 degrees, while in winter it is 68 degrees. Setting your HVAC to these temperatures will ensure it is running with prime performance and efficiency.

A way that you can check to see if you need a technician to come in to service your HVAC is checking the flame. A healthy HVAC flame should burn at a bright, crisp, blue color. If your flame is wavering, or burning at an orange or yellow color, call an RMS expert at 877-560-7090 and have your system serviced.

If you feel comfortable doing so, keeping the condensate drain tube clear is good for your HVAC system’s health. Mixing 1 cup of bleach with 3 cups of water and pouring this down the condensation drain can help keep it clear of debris and the growth of algae. You should do this roughly every three months for optimum performance; keeping this drain tube clean and free of debris helps your HVAC run smoothly and efficiently.

Ultimately, the most important thing to have in place to keep your HVAC system healthy is to schedule a preventative maintenance plan in order to ensure your system does not develop an issue and keep running, causing the issue to become worse. We suggest having an RMS technician come out and check your system to ensure it is functioning properly at least twice a year. In doing this, you avoid major breakdowns and costly expenses later on. For more information on our preventative maintenance plans, visit our website page on our preventative maintenance services.


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