How To: Create a Maintenance Schedule for Your Home

One of the biggest complaints we hear from homeowners has to do with the cost of their energy bills. We are often asked if there are simple ways to lower your utility costs and reduce the amount of energy used in your home. One of the best ways to keep costs as low as possible is to take care of your home by following the recommended regular maintenance. Keeping your home updated and working efficiently is a great way to increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and keep your energy bills to a minimum. Here are our tips for creating a simple, easy-to-follow maintenance schedule for your home.

Monthly Maintenance:
– Change the air filters in your home every 2-3 months, or more frequently if you have pets or people in your home with allergies. This allows your HVAC system to run more efficiently. 
– Treat your garbage disposal to a deep cleaning. Our suggestion is to fill an ice tray with vinegar and let them freeze. Then, drop the frozen cubes into the disposal while it is running. This will freshen the smell of the disposal and sharpen the blades at the same time.
– Test your carbon monoxide detectors. To do this, find the test button and make sure that when you press it you hear a beeping sound. If you do not hear anything, replace the batteries. If it still doesn’t seem to be working properly after replacing the batteries, it may be time for a new detector.

Seasonal Maintenance:
Winter: The winter season is the perfect time to take a look at your thermostat to see if it is working properly. Using your thermostat to set optimum temperatures for your home is a great way to save money and energy on your utility bills. 
Spring: During the spring season, schedule routine maintenance for your air conditioner. During this inspection, a professional will be able to detect any minor or major issues with your air conditioner and fix them before they start costing you money.
Summer: During the summer season, take some time to go outside and work on clearing the area around your air conditioning unit. Clear any grass, leaves, and debris from around the unit to ensure that it is able to run smoothly and efficiently. 
Fall: As it starts to get chilly outside, schedule a service to get your ductwork inspected before the cold winter season arrives.

Bi-Annual Maintenance: 
– Every six months it is advised that you vacuum your refrigerator coils. When your refrigerator coils are dirty, they have to work harder to do their job, which will cost you more money on your monthly bills.
– Twice a year, take the time to go outside and inspect your air conditioning unit to ensure that it is on level ground. Additionally, check for any clogging or build-up around the condensate grain.

Add these maintenance tips to your calendar for an efficient and updated home! If it is time to have your air conditioner inspected call Automatic Air today to schedule an appointment!