Essential HVAC Tips for Homeowners

Anyone who has ever had to replace or install a new heating and cooling system for their home knows that it is no cheap investment. In fact, replacing your HVAC system or one of its major components is one of the most expensive purchases a homeowner will make. Naturally, you want to treat your HVAC system in a way that will make it last as long (and as efficiently) as possible!

If you own a heating and cooling system, here are 4 essential tips for keeping your system running at maximum efficiency.

1. Check and change the air filter regularly.

In order for your HVAC system to push air into your home through air vents, it first has to “inhale” air from your home that it can then cool or heat. Your air filter (usually located in the return air duct or blower compartment) has the task of filtering out dust, dander, and other debris from the air that your system is drawing in.

However, if the air filter gets overly clogged with dust and debris, it won’t allow enough air through, which can cause your system to have problems with airflow or to even break down costing you with expensive repairs. Each time you replace your air filter, set a reminder to check it after 45 days, 60 days, and 90 days to see if it’s time for another replacement. 90 days is usually the maximum time you want to keep an air filter in use before replacing it.

2. Give your outdoor unit room to breathe.

Your system’s outdoor unit (the condenser) disperses heat, so if it doesn’t have enough space around it and on top of it, the unit can get very hot. This can result in your unit losing efficiency, having trouble cooling air, or breaking down prematurely.

Prevent this by making sure to pull weeds and trim back any bushes or shrubs that might be crowding in around your condenser. If you want to build a fence or some kind of cover to conceal your condenser, give the unit at least 5 feet of vertical clearance and 2 feet of horizontal clearance.

3. Help your system out on days with extreme temperatures.

While having a heating and cooling system can be a huge convenience, relying solely on your system to keep your home warm or cool can put unnecessary strain on it and cause its components to wear out faster.

On days with extremely hot or cold temperatures, do the following to help out your HVAC system:

  • Use your ceiling fans. Make your fans rotate clockwise during cold months and counterclockwise during hot months.

  • Keep your window coverings closed. Thermal drapes or Roman shades are especially effective at keeping rooms comfortable.

4. Get your system professionally maintained twice a year.

To prevent your system from breaking down in the middle of summer or the dead of winter, schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment for your system in spring and autumn. Getting your system serviced by a professional is advantageous because they can make sure your system’s components are working at maximum efficiency (which helps them last longer), and they can also spot potential problems that can be fixed before extreme temperatures arrive.

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