Maintaining the HVAC system in your Sumter, South Carolina, home is essential to your comfort during the hot summer months. With proper maintenance, you can reduce the risk of costly repairs and increase the longevity of your system. While most of your HVAC maintenance should be left to the pros, there are a few small HVAC maintenance tasks that are safe to tackle on your own.

Checking and Replacing Your Air Filter

Your air filter is designed to trap dust, dirt, dander, and allergens to prevent them from clogging up your system and circulating through the indoor air in your home. When the filter becomes clogged, it cannot perform its job properly, and a dirty filter can lead to poor efficiency and a possible breakdown. You should change your filter according to the manufacturer’s specs, which usually recommends changing them at least once a month.

Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit

Tall grass, branches, leaves, brush, and dirt can get into your outdoor unit and cause damage to the fan and other components. Safely pull out any loose debris. If it does not come loose easily, leave it alone and contact an HVAC technician to have it properly cleaned. Keep growth and plant life cleared at least 2 feet around your unit, and maintain it throughout the season.

Clean Vents and Registers

The dirt and debris that travel throughout your ductwork are likely to settle around the vents in your home. Over time, this can lead to clogging and can also damage the indoor air quality of your home. Use a vacuum brush attachment to remove debris when you are doing your regular vacuuming. Once a month, remove the vents and clean them in soapy water to remove stubborn buildup.

The final way to help keep your system maintained is by calling us at 803-753-4830 to schedule your tune-up. One of our Air Solutions Heating and Cooling technicians will make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible.

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