So, you inherited or purchased an HVAC system. You turn the thermostat on or off, raise the temperature up or down, and change the filter occasionally – what else is there to know, right?
Well…plenty! Your HVAC system works hard every day to make your home more comfortable and enjoyable. And it needs a little TLC from you to help ensure that it operates as efficiently and effectively as possible. Here are some simple things to know about how to maintain your HVAC system and improve its effectiveness.
Get Up-Close and Personal
When was the last time you’ve taken a good look at your HVAC system? You don’t need to understand all the inner workings but you should understand some of the basics. Familiarize yourself with the type you have (split system, hybrid system, etc.), where the main switch is, and where you insert the air filter. Your owner’s manual can answer a lot of these questions, but if you’ve misplaced it, look at the make and model number on your unit and do a quick online search or contact the manufacturer.
Understand Your Thermostat
Thermostats are usually installed in a central location and for good reason: They are the brains that keep everything ticking. It’s important to know how to open the thermostat (typically by unscrewing or pulling off the cover), as many models require battery changes. If you see any wiring, leave that to the pros.
Non-programmable thermostats require you to constantly adjust the temperature to meet your households needs. Programmable thermostats allow you to set the system to raise or lower the temperature to provide the most comfort while you’re home and save on energy costs when you’re not. Smart thermostats allow you to adjust your home’s temperature and program it from your smart phone.
Replace Filters Regularly
It’s recommended that homeowners replace HVAC filters every 8 weeks or more frequently when your HVAC unit is working its hardest (winter and summer). Make sure you’re purchasing replacement filters in the factory-recommended size. If you have any doubt, take the old filter with you to the home improvement store or simply look on the side of your current filter to see the dimensions.
Treat Your Vents with Care
Vents are responsible for bringing temperature-controlled air in and out of your home, and as such, they can get dusty and dirty over time. Give them a quick sweeping every few weeks or dampen a microfiber cloth and run it on top of the vents and surrounding ceiling, floor, or wall. Be sure to sweep or wipe in the same direction that the slats face. Dirty, dusty vents can prohibit air flow, making your HVAC system work harder than it needs to.
Focus on Energy Savings
Find ways to reduce energy consumption and lower heating and cooling costs. For example, in the summer months, close the shades and blinds in rooms where you don’t need the sunlight. Conversely, during winter open them up to let the warmth flood your rooms. Also, seal or caulk any sources of air leaks such as around drafty windows and doors, electrical outlets, etc.
Taking care of your HVAC system doesn’t have to be scary. A little routine maintenance can help ensure it delivers trusty, dependable indoor comfort year after year. And for those times it doesn’t, Air Professionals is here to help. Call us today or any time for maintenance, repairs, or new system installation.