Nothing in your house affects your comfort more than your heating and cooling systems. Yet unless the heater conks out during a blizzard or the air-conditioning goes on the fritz in the middle of a heat wave, most of us pretty much ignore our heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment. We shouldn't. When it's not kept in shape, even the best system can cost you. How much? Depending on how you heat and cool your home and the climate of the area you live in, clogged filters, dirty thermostats, sooty flues, leaky ductwork and unlubricated fan motors can reduce heating and cooling efficiency by up to 25 percent. Some of these maintenance tasks are simple, while others require a trained pro. You'll also need an HVAC contractor if your system is at the end of its useful life. Here are some tips for dealing with HVAC equipment and the pros that service it.
DFW is gearing up for the heat. Air-conditioning units must be maintenanced before it's to late. At the beginning and end of each cooling season, you should have a technician clean or replace the filters, vacuum out the unit and lubricate the motor. If the unit is not cooling properly, call Fillmore Heating and Air Conditioning to check the pressure level of the refrigerant. Arrange for service calls before the start of heating or cooling season. You'll get better attention and have more flexibility when scheduling the appointment.