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It can seem like your “to-do” list never gets done. Certain chores keep popping up; you get them done, and the next thing you know, it’s time to do them again. Home maintenance tasks are like that, but just in case you forgot, there are three Houston, TX, home maintenance tasks involving your HVAC that you shouldn’t put off no matter what:

1. Change Your HVAC Filter

This job is quick, easy and absolutely essential. HVAC systems are expensive, and if you don’t take care of them, they will repay you with poor performance, polluted indoor air and high energy bills. Clogged or dirty filters in your heat pump or air conditioner can blow out the motor and disable the system. At that point, you’ll need AC repair at best and AC replacement at worst.

2. Tidy the Area Around Your HVAC’s Outdoor Unit

Out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind, but it’s easy to forget about that lone HVAC unit outside. Don’t give it the short shrift. To keep it happily purring along, cut back any foliage by at least three feet to maintain airflow. Remove any leaves or debris from the area, and rinse off the outdoor coil with a gentle stream of water from your garden hose to remove any obstructions.

3. Schedule Spring Air Conditioner Maintenance

Spring might still be weeks off, but it will arrive before you know it. Schedule AC maintenance now and beat the spring rush. This is a task you should never forget because the health of your cooling system depends on it. A lack of annual air conditioning maintenance is responsible for many AC repair calls. Pamper your air conditioner with a professional tuneup, and it will reward you with high performance, maximum efficiency and a long life.

To learn more about keeping your Houston, TX, AC healthy, check out Davis Air Conditioning & Heating’s guide to keeping your HVAC healthy or call (888) 710-5530 in Greater Houston or (888) 929-0049 in Brazoria County.

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