Being a homeowner is an enjoyable experience, but it does come with a seemingly endless to-do list. After cleaning, decorating, making necessary repairs, and a range of other tasks, it’s common for HVAC maintenance to slip through the cracks. In addition to your heating and cooling system, you may also have another important piece of equipment to care for – the air exchanger.
What is an air exchanger?
An air exchanger is a piece of equipment that promotes proper ventilation in homes. They are often used in newly built homes that are tightly insulated, which limits natural air ventilation. There are two types of air exchangers: heat recovery ventilation (HRV) units that transfer just heat, and energy recovery ventilation (ERV) units that transfer both heat and moisture.
Maintenance for air exchangers
Just like other HVAC equipment like a furnace or central air condition, an air exchanger requires regular maintenance to work effectively. Performing maintenance can also help keep your energy bills low and help you get the longest service life out of your system.
A few important maintenance tasks for air exchangers include:
- Clear or replace the air filter
- Remove debris from air intake vents
- Clean condensate pipe to remove any blockages
- Check the balance of airflow
- Vacuum and wash (with mild soap) the heat exchanger blades
- Remove dust from fan blades
- Inspect and clean ductwork as needed
Why schedule professional maintenance
Air exchangers are relatively new devices, so most homeowners are not as familiar with the equipment as they are with traditional heating and cooling systems. Air exchangers are also typically concealed in unfinished spaces within the home, such as an attic. When you add these together, it’s understandable if you forget or avoid performing air exchanger maintenance yourself. That’s why it’s recommended that you bring in a licensed HVAC professional that can do the work correctly and safely.
Air exchanger maintenance in Buffalo, MN
You want your home to be as safe and comfortable as possible but you might not have the time or interest in performing maintenance tasks on your air exchanger. Instead, make the smart choice by calling the experts at DeZiel Heating & AC. Schedule an appointment today at (763) 684-3965.