To keep your home HVAC system running well, you need to give your system an annual checkup. To help you out, we have created this HVAC maintenance checklist with insight from Greeley Furnace Company.

Scott Stevens, co-owner and president of Greeley Furnace, offers checkpoints that make good sense.

He suggests: “Make sure the filter is clean and be sure your outdoor unit is free and clear of debris, specifically on the condenser coil. Many people believe that if they set their thermostat to 65 instead of 72 it will cool their home faster, but in fact it can cause the system to freeze, the system is either on or off basically. So, it’s best to set your thermostat at your desired temperature instead of the much lower setting.”

Stevens added that many family homes have upgraded their HVAC system to a newer high efficiency system and they don’t realize it will require more routine maintenance than their old system in order to maintain its efficiency rating.

“If annual maintenance is not performed by a qualified technician, your highly efficient system will not perform at its maximum output, thus costing you more to operate,” he said. “Lack of maintenance can also cause intermittent reliability issues with these high efficiency systems. It would be like driving a high-performance sports car and never giving it a tune up. According to the National Comfort Institute, most systems are operating at approximately 65% of the rated capacity, mainly due to poor air flow issues, lack of maintenance or poor installation. People think if they change the filter every six months, they can just forget it, but that’s really not enough if you want true efficiency and reliable performance.”

Stevens added that the most important thing is actually the installation. “There is only so much we can do if the unit is not installed properly,” he said. If you’re concerned about the performance of your heating and cooling system or need to consider a newer highly efficient system call Greeley Furnace Company for an appointment. They’ve been offering certified technicians that have been servicing Weld County and the surrounding areas since 1958.

> Greeley Furnace Company, 2808 S. 31st Ave., Greeley, 970.356.0121,