HVAC Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

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Your furnace and air conditioners are responsible for keeping your home comfortable during extreme (or not so extreme) weather conditions. When something gets thrown off with one of these units, it can cause some seriously uncomfortable days until it’s up and running once more.

In a heating or cooling emergency, Air Care & Canyon Lake Air Conditioning is just a phone call away! But if your schedule is tight or the HVAC issue seems minor, there are a few things you as a homeowner can and should know how to do to keep the air flowing and prevent damage between maintenance appointments.

Changing Filters

Your air filters are there to increase your air quality. They catch all the pollutants that hang in your home’s air and keep it from continuing to circulate. Naturally, the filters can only hold so much debris before they become blocked and inefficient.

It is recommended that you change your filters every 3 months, and even more often if you have a smoker in the home. You can purchase new filters each time, or opt for reusable ones that with a quick cleaning can be popped right back in place after a quick cleaning.

Cleanliness is Key

Changing your air filters is just the first step in keeping the air in your home fresh and clean. Dust and debris can pile up on any surface and with the slightest breeze are picked up into the air you breathe.

Vents and Units

This is why it is essential to get out your cleaning supplies and give everything a good scrub. Your vents have most likely gathered some unwanted buildup and your HVAC unit may be sitting in a coat of dust! Give these areas some TLC every so often to make sure they’re running efficiently.

Outside Your Home

Never forget about your outdoor components! Check on them every once in a while or after any wild weather to clear away any obstructions like sticks or leaves and wash off any grime. Just like us, our units need to breathe in order to function properly.


Take a look at your thermostat every so often to see if the reading matches the temperature in your home. Doing occasional check-ins like this will keep you aware of how your unit is doing and alert you quickly if something is off.

If your schedule consistently keeps everyone out of the house every day, set the thermostat a bit lower during the day. You can do this manually, or from your smartphone if you have a smart thermostat. Keeping the temperature a little lower when no one is home will save you on your energy bills. Don’t forget to do this when you go on vacation as well!

Give Us a Call!

One of the best ways to keep your HVAC systems in good condition is to schedule regular maintenance with Air Care & Canyon Lake Air Conditioning! Give us a call at (210) 794-6859 or schedule an appointment online!

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