Homeowners should never underestimate the importance of HVAC maintenance. A well-maintained heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit is energy efficient and will providehealthier air flow throughout your home. Naturally, it is important to contact a reputable HVAC company to set-up an annual maintenance schedule, however, there are certain jobs you can do to ensure your home heating and cooling system runs efficiently. Here are some simple routine tasks you can perform to ensure your HVAC equipment stays clean and efficient: Check the Air Vents are clear The air must be able to flow freely through the system. Turn off the A.C. unit and wipe the dusty vents with a soft dry cloth or vacuum the air ducts using a telescopic wand. Air ducts attract dirt, hair, dust, spider webs and many other allergens. Keeping the ducts clean saves on heating and cooling bills not to mention providing a healthier air flow throughout your home. Change Air Filters Regularly Clean air filters improve indoor air quality. The HVAC filters gather dirt and dust from air passing through the unit. The newly filtered air is then returned to the room, so inspect the filters every four weeks and replace dirty filters as required. Replacing grimy air filters will cut energy bills,improve indoor air quality, and keep your unit running smoothly season after season. Clean the Outdoor Condenser Dust, leaves and grass tend to accumulate around outdoor HVAC units. The system needs a clear airflow to function efficiently, so after disconnecting the power supply if necessary, wash away grime from the fins and coils. All litter and debris surrounding the outdoor HVAC unit should be swept away to provide free flowing air into and out of the unit. Clean and Seal the Ductwork The ducts should be maintained to promote healthy indoor air. Deadly air pollutants such as mold spores cannot pollute the indoor air if the ducts are not well-maintained. Regular air duct cleaning lowers utility costs, extends the life of the HVAC unit, renders the heating and AC system efficient, lowers dust and allergens and encourages a healthier air flow through your home. Rhino Heating and Air provides a bi-yearly duct cleaning service to their customers at a discounted rate with a purchased service agreement. These four basic maintenance do-it-yourself tasks will help you keep your HVAC system in proper working order. An unmaintained heating and cooling system is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and airborne mold spores. The majority of homeowners can carry-out these routine maintenance tasks, however, if in doubt, contact a local HVAC repair company such as Rhino Heating and Air.