We don’t use our HVAC system a whole lot.
I guess we are fortunate to live in an area with very temperate temperatures.
Most of the time we stay warm enough with just a space heater in the living room in the winter. In the summer, we usually just open the windows and turn on the ceiling fans. However, there are a few weeks of the year where we do need central heat or air. Last week was one of those weeks. Before turning on the air conditioner I decided to take a look at the filter. After all, our air filter hadn’t been changed in over 6 months. I pulled the air filter out and quickly dropped it because there was a big, hairy spider on it. The spider scampered away and I went to replace the filter when 2 more big spiders came out of the ductwork. I knew it was time to call up the HVAC professionals. I don’t want spiders raining down on us from the vents when I turn on the air conditioner. The HVAC technicians did a ductwork cleaning and an HVAC tune-up. After that I was able to use my air conditioner safely. I guess we really should use it more often just to make sure nothing else starts living in our ductwork. Besides, the technicians said it is healthy for the unit to run a little more often. Maybe this year I will turn on the fan option instead of using the ceiling fan. In winter, we can use the heat at a low setting instead of using a space heater. After all, that is what the HVAC system is there for. We might as well use it.