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Care & Maintenance Tips

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Regular maintenance will ensure that your HVAC system is providing you with maximum performance. Doing at-home maintenance as well as scheduling seasonal maintenance with a Trust dealer will reduce the chances of damage, breakdown and leaky or rusty units.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Your air conditioner should be assessed by a professional a few months before summer.

  • Clean coils and check for holes or leaks
  • Straighten bent coils
  • Clean debris, leaves, dirt and dust
  • Ensure base openings aren’t blocked
  • Ensure blades function properly while spinning and stationary

Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace should be assessed by a professional a few months before winter.

  • Ensure filters are clean: Dirty filters make your unit work harder, which in turn increases energy use as well as your bills. If it’s always in use, you live in a particularly dusty environment or you have pets, frequent cleaning and checkups are paramount to prolonging the life of your HVAC
  • Vacuum away dust: A clean furnace and dust-free filters are key to smooth, efficient, reliable operation. Take time monthly to vacuum clean the air vents in your home, especially if you have pets as pet hair can very quickly build up and clog the system

Indoor Air Quality

Air is life. Indoor air quality matters for the whole family, especially those with asthma, allergies or respiratory conditions.

  • Fragrance-Free: Avoid using scented candles, scented oil diffusers or synthetic air fresheners or fragrances.
  • Carpet-Free: Laminate or hardwood flooring is easier to clean and accumulates less dust, fewer allergens and less pet hair.
  • Filter Maintenance: Regularly clean your HVAC’s filters from dust and debris, especially if you have pets.
  • Air Duct Maintenance: Schedule regular, professional air duct cleanings to improve indoor air quality.
  • Natural Products: Swap out toxic, heavily-scented cleaning products for natural ways of cleaning your home.
  • Include Plants: Filling your home with allergy-friendly plants will purify and detoxify indoor air while improving its quality, but remember to keep them at least 18 inches away from your HVAC systems.
  • Check for Fungi: Mold and mildew growth can hide in the most inconspicuous of places and make the air toxic. If you live in a humid climate, have a professional check your home.
  • Natural Ventilation: Regularly air out your home to reduce the number of indoor pollutants.
  • Humidifier: For humid climates, go for a humidifier and for dry climates, get a dehumidifier. Remember to always use distilled water.

Monthly Maintenance

These easy maintenance tasks maximize your HVAC system’s efficiency and prolong its life.

Contact a Trust dealer if you hear any uncommon sounds coming from your unit.

Assess the condition of the return airflow filter and replace it if necessary.

Ensure plants are kept at an 18-inch clearance from your unit, both indoor and outdoor.

Regularly clear the compressor from dirt, dust and debris to ensure airflow isn’t interrupted.

When to Contact a Professional

Knowing when to seek immediate professional help can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars, especially if your unit breaks down unexpectedly.

You should contact us if:

  • You have a non-responsive thermostat
  • You notice an electrical burning smell
  • You have a furnace that is blowing cold air
  • You have an air conditioner that can’t cool down your home
  • You have a system that doesn’t shut off or turn on
  • Your unit has water damage
  • You notice inconsistent temperature control
  • Your use remains the same but your energy costs increase

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