Your home is an investment, and your home’s HVAC system is an investment into the comfort and safety of your family. A well-maintained HVAC system is an important part of your home.

Homeowners who take the time to care for their HVAC systems will get a long life out of their systems and save money and time in the long-run while enjoying a comfortable home year ‘round.

Use these tips to help you:

#1. Clean the fan blades and coils near the end of fall. Falling leaves from trees can clog up your air conditioning unit’s fan and coils so clear it out after the leaves have fallen, and don’t let too many leaves pile up around the unit. Pay particular attention to grass clippings while mowing and when you use a leaf blower. Note: make sure to turn off the power before cleaning the unit.

#2. Have your HVAC system serviced twice per year, in the fall and the spring. This type if preventative maintenance is highly necessary to ward off any expensive troubles from coming your way.

#3. As the temperature outside drops, remember to turn off your outdoor condenser unit. This means that you should turn it off to prevent damage if the weather falls under 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure your system works well each year, which could save you quite a bit in repair costs.

#4. Equipping your home with a programmable thermostat can be an excellent way to cut utility costs. In fact, you can save as much as 10 percent on both heating and cooling when you turn your thermostat down by 10-15 percent for at least 8 hours daily. Some can even be controlled from a computer or smartphone.

#5. Clean your ducts and filters. As temperatures drop, HVAC systems will run, and can burn off the dust that has accumulated over the summer. To avoid a smoky smell, and to avoid blowing dust around your home, have your ducts and filters cleaned.

#6. Walk around your home and check to make sure there is no furniture blocking the vents. Not only do blocked vents make your HVAC system work unnecessarily harder, it can also be dangerous to have something sitting on a hot vent for too long!

It is important that you take care of your unit. When HVAC systems fail, they can be costly to repair. But these tips can help to prolong the life of your HVAC unit and keep your family safe and comfortable for many years.