HVAC System Maintenance Tips

HVAC system maintenance is essential because HVAC system failure and malfunction may cause many problems ranging from discomfort and sickness to more serious and dangerous ones. HVAC system comprises all appliances that you use to heat and cool your home as well as to maintain its proper ventilation.

Those appliances require periodical maintenance because they rely on energy sources, such as electricity, coal and natural gas, and because they consist of moving components. The purposes of system maintenance are to make sure that the appliances work perfectly, that their operation will not cause harm to the building’s occupants, and that the components of those appliances are properly inspected.

General HVAC System Maintenance Tasks

There are two types of HVAC system maintenance task: general tasks that must be done to all HVAC appliances and specific tasks that are necessary only for specific HVAC appliances. Tasks that are necessary for both heating and cooling appliances include thermostat check, electrical connection and components check, moving parts lubrication, system controls check, and condensate drain clogging check.

Appliance-Specific HVAC System Maintenance Tasks

In addition to those general tasks, there are some tasks that are required only for specific HVAC appliances. To maintain proper operation of air conditioner, several maintenance tasks, including evaporator cleaning and checking, refrigerant level checking, blower adjustment and cleaning, and coil cleaning and checking, are necessary.

For the heater, the necessary maintenance tasks include checking oil or gas connection (depending on the type of fuel used), checking gas pressure, checking heat exchanger, and checking burner combustion. For the ventilation system, regular cleaning and checking of ventilators and air ducts is necessary.

Some of those tasks require professional handling, but there are also tasks that can be done without professional help. You can decide which tasks you want to do as DIY works and which ones you want to entrust to professional.

Just make sure that you never skip scheduled HVAC system maintenance tasks as damages that occur in such system can be costly and difficult to repair.

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How to Clean Sofa Fabrics

Sofa fabrics are easy to clean anytime needed, even the stain isn’t visible. The faded and dingy look of sofa is caused by the dust settles at home. Besides, it could also cause the problems of dust mite and also allergies. Actually, most sofa fabric kinds can be cleaned with common upholstery cleaning process. For microfiber fabrics, it needs drier cleaning type.

Generally, the cleaning types are suitable for any fabric types. Before cleaning sofa fabrics, remove the cushions if it isn’t attached. The cushions could be cleaned separately.

  • Vacuum the Entire Sofa

First, attach the vacuum hose and then start vacuuming the dirt on the seat area and then continue to the entire area. Avoid rubbing the sofa fabrics with the hose because it will push the dirt deeper into the fabric’s fibers. The suction of the vacuum is quite effective to clean the dirt.

  • Clean the Fabrics

Next, you need some foaming spray to clean the heavily soiled area of the furniture. Check the label to know the cleaning process; you may need to shake the foam bottle before applying the cleaner. Using a damp sponge, rub the foamy cleaner on the fabric smoothly. You should rinse the sponge when it starts dirty. Use a dry sponge in the microfiber fabrics and switch it with new and dry sponge when it starts dirty.

Apply the cleaner to the entire of the furniture and use a clean sponge for rubbing. Dry the sofa surfaces completely, you can speed up the drying process by using a fan. While waiting the drying process, you can clean the cushions by vacuuming it thoroughly. Clean the upholstery side by side and wait until one side dried completely before cleaning another side.

  • Vacuum the Sofa Again

Vacuum the furniture again when the whole parts are dried. It will remove the excess cleaner from the fabric. Next, vacuum the cushions side by side too. When you have done with one side, wait until it dry and then continue to another side of sofa fabrics and then vacuum it too once it is dry.

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How to Reduce Odor in Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuum cleaner is a tool that helps cleaning debris and dust quickly from the floors and other parts of the home such as sofa fabric. However, some odor often comes out from the cleaning tool. When you face this problem, then you need to maintain it by completely clean the vacuum’s bag. You should empty the bag of the vacuum to prevent odor comes again.

Vacuum Cleaner Exterior Cleaning

Use a cloth and warm soapy water to wipe down the vacuum’s exterior. If necessary, use a toothbrush to clean the crannies and nooks. Place the vacuum on the floor to ease you cleaning the brush mechanism. To clean any string or hair, you can use a seam ripper or scissors. Clean all objects that become debris on the brush mechanism.

Go to the Vacuum Interior

Next, you also should check the belt of the vacuum. Open the vacuum’s bottom by unscrewing it with a screw driver and then replace the belt if it has been broken. Stand up the vacuum cleaner to remove the bag. Before it is halfway full, the bag should be cleaned or you can dispose the filter bag of the vacuum.

Anti-Odor Cleaning with Vinegar Mixture

Clean the vacuum from any bacteria with a mixture of one cup warm water and one half cup vinegar. Take a washcloth and damp it with the mixture to clean the interior of the vacuum. To reach the attachment area of the filter bag, you can use a toothbrush that has been dipped into the mixture. Clean any built up crud around the area. Besides, use the mixture to clean the hose attachment of the vacuum. Let it dry before reattach the hose.

Odor Prevention in Vacuum Cleaner

To prevent odor, you can use a cotton ball that has been soaked into some drops of essential oils. Then put the cotton ball into the new filter bag before reattach it to the vacuum. After everything has been done, reassemble the vacuum. Prevent odor by sucking sprinkles of baking soda on area rug or carpet by using your vacuum cleaner.

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