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How Do You Keep Your Heating and Air Conditioning Running Smoothly?
The answer is simple—change your filters. By Sherri Dalphonse
Comments () | Published April 8, 2011

What’s the best way to make sure your home’s heating-and-cooling system works when you need it? As simple as it sounds, it’s to change the filters regularly.

Bill Wetzel, co-owner of Gaithersburg Air Conditioning & Heating, says old filters are a big cause of system failures: “Some people don’t realize they have air filters that need to be changed on their units. A filter that’s been in there longer than it should be puts a strain on the system. You can really do some damage.”

When dust and contaminants aren’t filtered properly, they not only can escape into the air; they also can end up on the evaporator, motor, blower, and other parts of your HVAC unit.

Disposable filters generally last 30 to 90 days, Wetzel says. A filter’s packaging should indicate its lifespan, he says.

“But it also depends on the house,” Wetzel says. “If you have five kids and three dogs, replace the filter more often than they say. The more traffic in the house, the more that’s getting kicked up in the carpets. If you’re a retired couple with no dogs, no kids, and you’re nonsmokers, you can double the estimate.”

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  • Understanding how heating and cooling systems work can save you time, money, and energy by helping you know when to call a professional technician. Heating and cooling are two of the most important factors of your home and are critical to your comfort. Both heating and air conditioning work on the principle that heat always moves from a warm object to a cooler one, just as water flows from a higher to a lower level.

  • You should clean the filters regularly (after one month). Because it would make the heating system to work efficiently & also makes the system to run longer..This tip would be very useful for making your Heating and Air Conditioning system running smoothly...

  • If you want to keep your heaters and air conditioners in good shape, nothing’s more effective than regular maintenance. Aside from standard filter changes, rinsing the coils and cleaning the condensate pan can help your system run smoothly. By doing these, you will keep dust from accumulating and getting stuck in the air distribution system.

  • I think maintenance of heating & cooling devices are very essential to make then work smoothly & effectively. But also remember that if you are using a heating or cooling system then they should also clean time to time for smooth working.

  • Newer heating and cooling systems are designed for saving features and the latest technology. If the air conditioner is more than 10 years, you should buy a new one. Memorize that a new heating and cooling system saves up to 30% on electricity bills.

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