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Part of South Florida living is the necessity of a central HVAC system in residential and commercial properties. Although ceiling fans are useful in circulating air throughout interior space, an HVAC system keeps living and working environments cool and also protects furniture, possessions, and equipment from damage caused by humidity in the air. Investing in and maintaining your HVAC system enhances quality of life and the value of your South Florida property so let’s discuss the truth and benefits of HVAC maintenance.
HVAC System Models
Since Florida homes and buildings aren’t constructed with basements, the packaged HVAC system is commonly used. This type of model is usually installed on the roof or at the side of both commercial and residential properties.
The next commonly used is the split HVAC system model, which has two components: an outdoor cabinet for the condenser and compressor; and an indoor cabinet, which holds the evaporator coil. The split HVAC system is connected by a line set.
Whatever HVAC model you have, regular maintenance will extend the life of your unit and keep it functioning at optimal efficiency. A well-maintained system can last up to 15 years before requiring an upgrade or replacement.
Keep in mind, that maintenance should be done in early Spring, so that you’re well prepared for the Summer season. Ideally, you should schedule maintenance in Spring and again in the Fall or before and after the hot season.
Energy Saving Benefits of HVAC Maintenance
The additional benefits of regular maintenance are that it conserves energy and reduces your utility bill. Your family or staff’s comfort and well-being are of course priorities, but it’s important to consider energy usage and costs as well. HVAC maintenance can save you 10 – 15% on your energy bill during peak season. During the Summer, keep your HVAC at 76° – 78°F and the fan set to auto. Set it to 82°F when you’re away. For additional energy saving HVAC tips, FPL provides a free downloadable consumer guide.
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
- Air Ducts: Check air ducts for debris or mold, which can affect efficacy and indoor air quality.
- Air Filters: Replace your air filters every 60 – 90 days.
- Check Evaporator and Condenser Coils: The evaporator coil collects indoor heat, the condenser coil releases heat into outdoor air. Have these cleaned or replaced during regular maintenance.
- Remove Debris and Dirt: The area around your outdoor HVAC unit should also be cleared of any bushes, branches, long growing grass or weeds.
- Clean Drains: Have drains checked for damage and leaks.
- Components: Clean and lubricate valves, bands, and other moving parts or replace those that are damaged or worn.
- Coil Fins: Check coil fins are functioning properly, repair or replace as needed.
- Electrical Connections: Check that the power source and connection to your HVAC are stable.
Hire the Pros
At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric we have been servicing South Florida residents since 1983. State licensed and certified, we offer property owners a comprehensive, hassle-free HVAC maintenance program. Our technicians check coils, refrigerant levels, electrical connections, compressor, and filtration efficiency.