Every day your HVAC system goes to work for you. It brings you a level of comfort that you can surely appreciate if you have spent even 5 minutes outside in the sunny south during the month of July. Below you will find a few simple HVAC maintenance tips to help you know how to take care of your HVAC system so it can continue taking care of you for many years to come.
HVAC Maintenance Tips
1. Change the Air Filter
After experiencing a global pandemic, we are all familiar with what it feels like to have to breathe while wearing a mask. We also know the sweet relief of being able to remove a cover and take an unimpeded deep breath of fresh air. It is so much easier to breathe without a mask.
The air filter in your HVAC acts like a mask for your home. It filters all the circulating air and cleans out the dust, allergens, and other yucky things so that you don’t have to breathe them in. As your filter catches these particulates, it begins to fill up, making it harder for air to pass through. If left unchanged, the air quality in your home will decline, and your HVAC system will be working overtime to try to get the warm or cool air through the filter, out the vents, and into your home. When things are overworked, burnout happens much faster.
2. Keep your HVAC unit clean
Make sure you are taking the time to dust off your HVAC and its components. If left unattended, your system will collect all sorts of dust and particulates, which causes two problems. The first is poorer air quality. The dust and allergens are pulled into your system and circulate with the air in your home. The second problem is that your HVAC system will be working overtime. Not only will this cause your system to wear out sooner, but it will also cost you a lot of money in energy bills in the long run.
3. Keep the Area Around Your HVAC Unit Clutter-Free
It’s essential to keep the area around your HVAC system free of clutter. Clutter creates more surface area to collect dust, pollen, mold, and mildew. For reasons why that is not great for your HVAC, see the above reasons. Keeping clutter away from your system will also help your system with its air intake. Imagine having a fan blowing and placing that fan flush against the wall. It won’t be able to blow much air because it cannot take in much air. The wall will be blocking its air intake. Clutter around your HVAC is much like this as it blocks the air. The harder your system has to work to pull air in, the more you will be spending on energy and replacement parts.
4. Control how much you use it
As with anything else, the more you use it, the faster it wears out. You can save your HVAC and your monthly energy bill by controlling how much you use it. You can extend the life of your HVAC in a couple of different ways. The obvious one is to manage your temperature settings. In the winter, keep your home cooler when you aren’t around. In the summer, keep it set to a warmer temperature. Adjusting the thermostat will help the HVAC not run as much.
Another option would be to have someone look at your home’s insulation. You may be surprised to learn that 90% of the houses in the U.S. aren’t insulated properly. By using insulation that helps create an air seal, like spray or injection foam, you will reduce the amount of work your HVAC needs to do. It will also eliminate the need for you to sacrifice your comfort to save money on your energy bill. With a proper air seal, you don’t need to freeze yourself out during winter or turn your home into a sweat lodge during the summer.
5. Get Your HVAC System Serviced
The last tip is to have your HVAC system regularly serviced. Experts suggest that you get both the cooling and heating aspects of your HVAC system serviced before the cold and warm seasons of the year. By investing a little money every year, you can avoid spending thousands of dollars on replacing your system. A routine HVAC service will cost you anywhere between $75 to $200, but that price pales in comparison to the $5,000 or $10,000 you will have to pay to replace your unit.
If you think your home might be among the 90% with poor insulation, we would love to talk with you. Helping your home be a comfortable place to be is our business. Contact one of our foam specialists today.