Minimize HVAC Repair with Regular Maintenance

Curious About Regular Care Needs for Your Florida Home Comfort?

Regardless of where in Florida you call home, it’s important to know the basics of home mechanical care to avoid an unexpected HVAC repair. Here are some general Frequently Asked Questions to share on the subject…

Air Filters

Q. How often should I check my air filter?

A. It’s best to check your air filter monthly. Florida typically has something blooming year round, so if you live in a high pollen area or have multiple pets, it’s advised to check your filter more frequently.

Q. Do I need to replace or clean my air filter?

A. It depends on your unit. Some use disposable filters while others may be cleaned and reused. Check with your HVAC technician if you’re not sure during a regular maintenance or HVAC repair visit.

Q. How do I clean my filter?

A. If you have a permanent air filter, meaning one not made of cardboard, it can be easily cleaned:

With the thermostat in the “off” position, locate and remove your air filter.

  1. Using good pressure from a water hose, spray the filter from both sides. If your filter is extra dirty, you may need to repeat this process several times. Careful – too much pressure might injure the filter media (the filtration cells). When the water runs clear your filter is clean.
  2. Gently shake the filter to remove extra water. Ideally, the filter should be allowed to fully dry before reinstalling it. A little dampness is ok, in general, avoid introducing a lot of moisture into your system so to reduce the opportunity for mold and mildew to grow.
  3. Note proper airflow direction (it probably has arrows) and slide the air filter back into the rack. Turn the thermostat back on and you’re done!

Indoor Humidity

Q. What is an appropriate humidity level inside my home?

A. Ideally, indoor humidity ranges should be between 30-40 percent. Thirty-five is considered excellent. Levels at or above 50 percent, creates condensation on your windows and an environment perfect for breeding mold and mildew, leading to allergy and respiratory issues.

Dust mites, for example, are a leading cause of allergies and multiply in as little as 50 percent relative humidity. Molds are happy in 60 percent and aggravate asthma, allergies and other respiratory ailments, as well as damaging drywall, paint and wood structures.  

Q. Ok, too much humidity is bad. Is there too little?

A. Yes. Too little humidity can dry skin and nasal passages triggering random nose bleeds and making you more susceptible to airborne bacteria and viruses. In addition, the lack of humidity creates static electricity which can technically damage electronic devices if it accumulates and can negatively affect flooring, doors and other wooden pieces and structures.  

Q. Does my humidifier need a tune-up?

A. Yes! Just like your air conditioner or heat pump, your humidifier should be cleaned and serviced regularly. To make it easy, join a preventative maintenance plan with a trusted HVAC provider, like Mills Heating and Air.

Air Ducts

Q. Is it possible to actually clean the air?

A. After sealing our homes to stave off energy loss, we’ve inadvertently sealed a lot of contaminants in our homes too. All the dirt we track indoors on our shoes, pollen, pet dander and dust circulates through our homes unless it’s trapped by filters or air purifiers.

Too much debris causes your air conditioner to work overtime, leading to potential HVAC repairs. Regular air conditioner maintenance will address this but for an ongoing “cleaning,” consider investing in products such as air filtration products from Guardian Air. These products are proactive, seeking and destroying pollutants in the air and on sources.

Air Conditioner Service

Q. What’s covered in a tune-up or maintenance visit?

A. NATE-certified HVAC technicians will inspect, clean, lubricate and test all applicable components of your air conditioner to optimize efficiency and prevent the necessity of HVAC repair. It’s recommended service is performed twice a year, depending on your equipment.

Need HVAC Repair or Replacement? Call Mills

Mills Heating and Air has counseled customers in northwestern Florida counties such as Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay and Walton since 1984 on various air conditioning service, HVAC repair and installation needs. Concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. By spreading out payments, you keep finances predictable while enjoying lower utility bills and increased comfort today.

Mills represents quality brands and can install a new air conditioner ready for the long-lasting Florida summer. Not ready to replace? Mills can service and repair any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioner and indoor air quality options. For lower bills, call Mills!  

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