There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to maintaining a home and any homeowner will tell you that it definitely isn’t what they thought it would be upon the purchase of their very first home. The purchase of any property is a decision that is never (and shouldn’t) be taken lightly, which means that the thought that goes into how to keep that property running effectively is important as well.

When it comes to the HVAC equipment in your home, keeping them regularly maintained is the best way to keep them running smoothly and avoid spending more money than you should.

“Checking the air conditioning system in spring and the heating system in fall is important. The inspector will lubricate your system’s moving parts, tighten any electrical connections, clean the system’s coils and replace any necessary coolant, check for leaks, and check all of your gas connections. An initial inspection by the homeowner before calling in the professional should include:

  • Start with the thermostat and check all functions for correct operation. Make sure that both the heating and cooling systems turn off at the preset temperatures.
  • Turn off the circuit breakers that power both the furnace and air conditioner. The circuit breakers are in the electrical service panel. Leave both units off until after the HVAC inspection.
  • Smell for gas leaks near all gas fittings, if your home uses gas. Inspect heat exchangers or burners for cracks, abnormal discoloration or deterioration.
  • Review the system for dirt and debris. A buildup of debris and dirt affects the system’s efficiency. Use a small portable vacuum to remove any dust buildup.” (Kristin Wong,

At Stan’s HVAC your Ottawa home HVAC professional our aim is to keep your systems effectively maintained all year through. Whether it’s heating or cooling products/maintenance, we can help you and your family stay as comfortable in your home as possible.