The right HVAC cleaning solutions help your system keep your home warm efficiently throughout the long, cold Indianapolis winters. Taking the wrong approach, however, can do more harm than good.

Regular DIY Maintenance

Changing your air filter on schedule helps prevent dust, mold spores, and other debris from building up inside your furnace and allows good airflow through the system. A clogged air filter interferes with airflow, putting a strain on your furnace’s motor and reducing its efficiency and life span.

Once or twice a year, clean the outdoor unit of your air conditioner or heat pump. Remove leaves and other debris from the grills and wash down the unit with a low-pressure flow from a garden hose. Around the same time, clean your indoor evaporator coil with coil cleaner or a solution of water and dish soap. If you notice that damage, rust, or heavy debris has built up, though, call a professional. An evaporator coil in this condition requires special care to clean without causing permanent damage.

When to Call a Pro

Duct cleaning is typically one of those HVAC cleaning solutions it’s better to leave to a professional with the skills and equipment to do the job thoroughly. Professional air duct cleaning isn’t necessary every year, but it’s crucial any time harmful debris has built up in your ducts. Built-up debris can recirculate in your air and put your health at risk. When debris like this is deep inside the ductwork or stuck to the interior, it’s next to impossible to remove by yourself.

If you’ve noticed signs of mold growth or pest infestation in your home, you’ve just done renovations, or you’ve just moved in and don’t know when the ducts were last cleaned, ask a professional to assess your ducts to see if they need to be treated with HVAC cleaning solutions. Otherwise, duct cleaning once every three to five years is enough for most homes.

For help deciding which HVAC cleaning solutions are right for your system, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.