How often should you service your HVAC system? Professionals recommend twice a year - once in the spring to check the air conditioner before temperatures rise, and once in the fall to check the heating system before the weather turns cold.
Keeping up with this bi-annual maintenance schedule can pay off with continued efficiency and energy savings. While there will likely be a service cost when a technician visits, routine upkeep can ward off the major problems that can put a dent in church finances.
Here are a few spring cleaning tips that can help you clean up and maintain your HVAC system before summer arrives:
Another way to make sure your unit is working at peak efficiency is to check for any obstacles that might make the system work harder. Do this by:
Finally, remember to replace your air filter monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and slow down your system.
Scheduling a tune-up with a qualified technician is the next step to getting the most out of your cooling system. While it’s smart to handle certain maintenance measures yourself, it’s important to have the system evaluated by someone with expertise in the field. A contractor will be trained to not only know how to clean and adjust each component, but also how to monitor gas and oil connections to avoid fire hazards and health problems.
If your HVAC unit is more than 10 years old, consider budgeting for a new unit in the future, as the life-span is somewhere between 12 and 15 years on average.
For more resources on church maintenance projects, check out Brotherhood Mutual’s Safety Library.
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