Personal Home Care: What Can I Do and What Should Be Left to the Pros?

May 24, 2016
Ross and Witmer

Keeping a home well cared for is essential to maintaining an efficient HVAC system and a comfortable living space. Homeowners may sometimes cringe at the cost of maintenance, but a well-trained professional can conduct HVAC-preserving work well worth the price. In addition to professional maintenance, homeowners in Charlotte, North Carolina, can conduct a little maintenance of their own, saving time and money. But remember that you can’t do everything! Here are some maintenance tasks homeowners can complete on their own, and the tasks that had better be left to the pros.

What You Can Do

Keeping your house clean (especially around vents and heat registers) will do more than you think. Not only will it preserve your indoor air quality, but it will also keep your system running efficiently. In that same vein, run your HVAC system responsibly. If you can stand to turn down the AC and have your windows open or fans on, do it. Giving your HVAC a break will increase its longevity and lower the amount of required maintenance.

Homeowners can also change the filters on their system (which should be done about once a month). But make sure you know what you’re doing. If you don’t, leave it to the pros. When in doubt, don’t try.

What to Leave to the Pros

Electrical work. Don’t take the chance of doing your own rewiring or other electrical work. Not only could a mistake cause you some pain, but it could also lead to other consequences, like electrical fires. Also don’t try to replace HVAC components (other than the filter) on your own. Again, the damage caused by a mistake could be irreparable or a fix that would be much more expensive than if the proper maintenance had been completed.

Once again, if you’re not sure about it, leave it to us. If you have questions about what you can do and what should be left to the pros, or if you need maintenance of your own, give us a call at 704-392-6188.

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