Maintaining your St. Louis, Missouri, HVAC system saves energy, money and the aggravation of breakdowns. Properly maintained systems keep living spaces comfortable. They also last longer, delaying the expense of a new installation. Here are three HVAC maintenance tips to keep your unit running smoothly.

Keep Air Filters Clean

HVAC contractors report that dirty air filters are the primary reason for heating and air conditioning breakdowns. Filters capture airborne particulates and keep them from entering the system. If filters become loaded with debris, pollutants bypass the filter, flow through ducts, coat coils and enter your living space.

Dirty filters impede airflow. When coils are coated with dust, heat exchange is effected. The compressor must work harder to produce conditioned air. Eventually, the unit stops working. Keeping filters clean can reduce energy usage as much as 15 percent.

Maintain Duct System

Inspect ductwork at least once a year. Between 20 and 30 percent of the air moving through ducts is lost due to leaks and poor connections. This reduces energy efficiency and affects indoor comfort. Keep grilles, vents and registers clean and unobstructed by furniture or curtains. Energy Star recommends sealing ducts to keep conditioned air in.

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

HVAC maintenance is required by many manufacturers to keep warranties valid. Seasonal tune-ups in the spring for air conditioners and in the fall for heating units examine each component of a system. Correcting small problems immediately prevents minor components from affecting major components, which may cause expensive repairs or a complete breakdown.

Well-maintained units consume less energy. In contrast, poorly maintained units can increase energy usage by up to 60 percent.

The Indoor Comfort Team has provided HVAC services for the greater St. Louis area since 1979. Our NATE-certified technicians do new installations, maintenance and repairs on all brands of equipment. Customer satisfaction and technological excellence are our highest priorities.

For more information about maintaining your HVAC system, call Indoor Comfort Team today.

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