Most of us never give a second thought to our HVAC system. We just walk over to the thermostat when we’re hot or cold, and turn it up or down. Your HVAC system is your home’s unsung hero. It keeps the indoor temperature cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Nobody thinks about the system until something goes wrong. Rather than ignore it, take care of your HVAC unit as you do the rest of your home. Following these six tips to keep it running efficiently all year long. When your HVAC system runs its best, you remain comfortable and save money on your energy bills. That’s a total win!
Speaking of Indoor Temperature…
Part of what helps it to run as it should and keeps your utility bills under control is to set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature and forget it. Experts agree that setting your HVAC system to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter helps to keep your utility costs down. By setting the thermostat and leaving it alone, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain your indoor temperature.
Change the Air Filters Regularly
An easy and inexpensive task you can perform to keep your system running at optimal efficiency is to change your air filters as recommended by their manufacturer. Its blower is designed to push air easily through your home’s ventilation system. Dirty air filters prevent this, so change them regularly, usually every three months. Clogged air filters not only pollute your indoor air and cause allergies and illness, they also make your HVAC unit work harder.
Enlist Expert Help
Every spring and fall, call in the experts to give your HVAC system a full check up. Your system is a delicate machine that must be checked and maintained twice a year to ensure that the “AC” portion of your HVAC is ready to go for the summer, and the “H” portion can tackle the winter freeze. The technician can perform any necessary HVAC repair prior to the seasons.
In the Fall…
During your HVAC inspection, be sure that they check the heater’s flame prior to the cold weather. Your HVAC unit’s flame should be steady and bright blue. If it is bouncing, flickering, and/or orange or yellow, this indicates there is excess air coming through the burner. The cause of this should be determined and repaired prior to the cold weather. A steady, blue flame indicates all is well with the burner and gas lines, which keeps your family safer.
Keep it Clean
The HVAC technician should clean the inside of the unit during their maintenance visits. The area surrounding the unit is your responsibility, and you should keep it clean and clear of debris. Be sure that there’s no trash, insects, or grime around or underneath the unit. You’ll also want to cut away any plant life that is encroaching upon it. You should also give the coil at least 12 inches of clean and clear space for maximum efficiency. Cleaning of the ducts and air vents is your responsibility, and should probably be done once every year or two.
If you follow these tips, you’re sure to have an efficient HVAC system all year round. This saves you money on your utility bills yet still keeps you and your family comfortable no matter the season. No more “It’s too hot!” whines in the summer, but you may want to let the house get a bit cool in the winter. After all, some of the best bonding times include snuggling up while watching everyone’s favorite television show.