It’s almost 2020, a new year, a new decade. Do you have your New Year’s resolutions made yet? Why not add one more to the list? Give your home’s HVAC system a bit more TLC in the coming year. There are some very simple ways to do this, and your home, family, and utility bills will all be very happy with the results. Here are a few ideas that will keep your HVAC system working great into the new year:
Give Your HVAC System the Gift of Good Health
Your HVAC system needs to have a professional inspection and cleaning annually. This will guarantee that any issues (or anything that could become an issue) will be discovered and repaired before it can cause a major problem in the middle of extreme weather. A thorough professional cleaning will include all air ducts as well as your entire system so that when it is time to turn it on for the season you can be assured that every component is clean and safe. This means the air inside your home will be clean and healthy for your family as well.
Give Your System a Break from Time to Time
Help your system to continue working at its best for a long time by giving it a break whenever possible. Turn off your furnace and build a cozy fire sometimes during the winter months. It’s relaxing and it will heat your home. In the summertime, utilize ceiling fans and open windows whenever possible to give your A/C unit a break. Your HVAC system will enjoy the break and you will save a few bucks in utility bills.
The Little Things Mean a Lot
Don’t overlook the simple things that are so important to the performance of your HVAC system. Keeping your furnace’s air filter changed on a regular basis, for example, is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to care for your system, and it can make all the difference in whether your system functions correctly or not. Change it at least once during the seasons your system is in use. Check it every 30 days and change it more often if necessary. If your system starts to make unusual noises or seems to be having trouble performing as it should, don’t hesitate to call an HVAC professional to check for any serious issues.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
These little gems are becoming more and more popular and with good reason. Your system won’t be overworked any more when you invest in a programmable thermostat that remembers even when you forget. Set it to keep the house at a cooler temperature during the day and a warmer one at night when everyone will be home. If you are going to be away from home for a few days, just set it and forget it, and let it do the work for you and save you money and your HVAC system extra work in the process.
Remember Your Outdoor A/C Unit
Not too many people give much thought to their outdoor A/C unit components during the cold weather months, but the fact is, this is a part of your HVAC system and needs care. When you schedule your inspection and cleaning, once the technician has cleaned it, cover it securely with a weatherproof covering. This will keep it clean, safe, and ready for use when summer returns.
Set Your HVAC Fan to “Auto” to Save Energy
If your HVAC system’s fan is on its “On” setting, then it is running nonstop, even when it doesn’t need to be. Change the setting to “Auto” so that it will work only when your system is at work heating or cooling your home. Using this setting will also prevent the air filter from becoming dirty and clogged too quickly.
Your HVAC system keeps the air in your home clean with the use of the air filters. You can help keep the air even cleaner and sanitized by using humidifiers. While the air filter traps the impurities in the air, the humidifiers add an additional layer of cleaning. They also provide humidity that helps the air to hold onto the heat and keep your home even warmer.
Replace Your HVAC System with a Modern Model
If your HVAC system is more than ten years old, it may be time to upgrade to a newer model. This is because the more modern HVAC systems are better able to meet the needs of your home and family in ways that are more eco-friendly and efficient. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and this can benefit your home. One of our professional technicians will meet with you to go over your options regarding what would be best for your home and its needs.