Learning About Commercial HVAC Systems
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Learning About Commercial HVAC Systems

Hello, my name is Jacob. I would like to talk about proper installation and repair of the HVAC system in your commercial building. Full scale HVAC systems for commercial buildings require ongoing maintenance and repairs to keep every floor and room at a comfortable temperature. These temperature control systems also control the air quality in the building by sending the airflow through filter elements. My site will cover all aspects of the upkeep needed for these systems. I will also talk about the benefits of keeping your air quality and temperatures at desirable levels. Thanks for coming to visit my website.

Learning About Commercial HVAC Systems

Maintain Your AC This Fall

Isaiah Chapman

With fall finally in the air, many homeowner's thoughts are turning toward preparing their heating system for the long winter ahead. While this is a necessary task, don't overlook your AC. You may be turning it off for the season, but by taking the time to do some annual air conditioning maintenance now you can ensure it will be ready to go next summer as soon as you need it. Further, by having fall maintenance done on the AC while the maintenance technician is out to work on the furnace, you may be able to save a bit of cash on the cost of the service visit. The following are the things you should do to maintain your AC before shutting it down for the winter.

#1: Protect the outside unit

Your outside unit can take a beating during winter storms. Fall is the ideal time to remove the housing cover and clean out the inside of the unit. A wet-dry vacuum can be used to remove leaves and other debris, and then the interior can be rinsed free of dust. A fin comb is used to straighten the condenser coils, which are those vent-like things on the outside of the unit. Bent coils affect air intake and cooling, so straightening them once a year is a must. If you live in an area with lots of winter moisture or wind, then an AC cover can be fitted over the unit. If you choose to use a tarp instead of an actual cover, leave two sides open so that air can flow through. Otherwise, moisture can become trapped inside the unit, which can lead to mold growth.

#2: Clean the filter and housing

Changing the filter every one to two months is a chore you are likely accustomed to doing throughout the cooling season, and you need to do it one last time before shutting down the AC for winter. Otherwise, mold, bacteria, and fungus can grow inside the filter and filter housing. While the filter is out, use a vacuum hose to thoroughly clean out the filter housing of any dust, as well. You don't want a microbial cocktail thriving inside the housing during the winter months.

#3: Perform a full inspection and tune-up

Finally, have your air conditioning service contractor perform a full inspection on the AC. They will check the motor, blower, and fan, including belts, bearings, and other moving parts. They can also verify that the thermostat is working properly. Any issues can be fixed now so you don't have to worry about them next summer.