Geothermal systems are some of the best comfort systems. They are energy efficient & dependable, not to mention great for the environment.
Some, in fact, are so impressed they get lulled into believing you don’t need to maintain your unit, which is wrong. Geothermal units are closed systems. Also, they use refrigerants.
With this in mind, you need to have a technician checking your unit regularly. However, there are some things you can do to extend the life of your geothermal system with some DIY geothermal maintenance.
1. Replace Your Air Filter Regularly
Air filters do you & your system a great service. Keeping the irritants you want outside, as well as the air you breathe clean.
At the same time, air filters capture the debris on their surface, eventually covering the entire surface. When left untreated, this will clog up your system.
Not only will a dirty filter cause air quality issues, but it also raises your monthly costs. It also causes your unit to have to work harder, which reduces the lifespan of your system.
Here at ECS, we sell air filters online, so you don’t even have to move to get yourself some new ones! If you want to take advantage of this, we’ll offer you 10% of your purchase.
2. Check The Condensate Drain
During the warmer months, the coils in your system can cause condensation. Your system flushes the fluid created by this process through the condensate drain.
However, dirt & debris can build up in the drain as a result. Because of this, it’s a good idea to check your condensate drain once per season to make sure it’s not backing up.
3. Use The Right Thermostat
A wired rather than battery-driven thermostat is always a wise investment, and using a programmable thermostat to run the geothermal system only when necessary will give a boost to your energy efficiency. Make sure the thermostat is set correctly, and that the fan is set to “auto,” not “on.” You could always utilize our Symphony thermostat, which takes your unit’s control & efficiency to a whole new level.
4. Check Your Condensation Pans
Check the condensation pans for standing water, and clear the drain of any blockage. Every year, rinse the drain with a dilute bleach solution to keep it flowing freely. If you have any questions on how to do this, feel free to call our office!
Our Geothermal Technicians also regularly check all of these things included in the preventative geothermal maintenance package we offer. Please give us a call to see if that seems like a good option for you. We’re happy to take the trouble off your hands.
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