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HVAC Habits Every Homeowner Should Avoid in 2020

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Every homeowner wants their heating and air conditioning systems to last for as long as they can. This is understandable since, as professional HVAC technicians know, replacing an HVAC system can be costly. What many people don’t realize is that their actions could be reducing the efficiency of their equipment. Regardless of which brand of equipment you have or how much money you spent on it, you need to be careful. Let’s look at some of the harmful things which you may be doing.

Adjusting the Thermostat Frequently

Sometimes it’s difficult to find the temperature which everyone in the home will like. However, constantly adjusting your thermostat makes your air conditioner or furnace work harder than it should. Starting up and shutting down consume a lot of energy so changing the temperature frequently causes unnecessary wear and tear. The unit may break down faster than it should.

Placing Plants Close to Your HVAC System Equipment

When you block airflow to your equipment, this reduces performance and efficiency. Planting too close to the equipment not only blocks the air, but the plants can grow into the condenser over time. This can force you to make costly emergency repairs when the components get damaged.

Closing or Blocking the Registers and Vents

Heating and cooling equipment is designed to send warm or cool air to a specified amount of space. Closing or blocking vents and registers reduces the amount of space available. This compromises the functioning of the furnace or air conditioner. The equipment may run longer, and the system may have a shorter shelf life. The evaporator coil may also become frozen.

Neglecting to Change Your Furnace Filter

Dirty furnace filters block airflow and reduce indoor air quality. At the very least, you should change the filters at least once per season. However, if you have pets or allergy sufferers in your home, its best to replace your filter every month. Filters don’t have to be expensive and you can easily change them yourself.

Using Condenser Covers

The condenser unit converts cooling refrigerant from vapor to liquid and releases heat back into the environment. It is one of the main components of your air conditioning system. Covering it can reduce airflow and this increases run times and decreases the lifespan of your system. Some people place plastic covers on their condensers, but stored items and overgrown plants can also cause damage. The repairs can be costly so it’s best to keep the area around your condenser clear.

Ignoring Minor Issues

If you notice that something about your HVAC system doesn’t look, sound or smell right, call an HVAC contractor. If they tell you an issue needs to be addressed, you should have it fixed as soon as possible. Even if the problem isn’t significant right now, it is likely to worsen, and it will cost you more to repair. You may even end up having to replace a major component of your system. It’s cheaper and more effective to get small problems fixed as soon as you notice them.

Trying to Do Your Own Installations or Repairs

Many homeowners try to fix their systems themselves to avoid having to pay a professional. However, this can lead to even bigger problems. Professional HVAC technicians undergo lots of training and have the licenses to show that they know how to fix complex equipment. Changing a filter may be simple enough. However, trying to repair a damaged air duct or condenser could lead to problems.

Not Getting Preventative Maintenance

This is the worst HVAC habit you can develop, and it needs to be left in 2019. Few people think about their systems until they begin to malfunction. However, you need to have a contractor check your air conditioner during the springtime and your furnace during the fall. They will ensure the equipment is running smoothly before the extreme temperatures of summer and winter arrive. Preventative maintenance saves you money in the long run. If you think you’ll forget to call and book a visit, sign up for a maintenance agreement. Professional HVAC technicians will visit your home at regular intervals to inspect your equipment and identify any problems.

Contact the Professional HVAC Technicians at C&L Services to Discuss Your HVAC Needs

The efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system depend in large part on your actions. You could be unknowingly engaging in behaviors that damage your system. If you want to ensure that your home is properly heated or cooled, you need to watch what you do. To learn more about how to take care of your system, contact our experienced team today. We offer both preventative maintenance services and repairs and we’ll ensure your furnace and air conditioner operate at peak levels. Call us today!


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