Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system plays an integral role in the comfort of your home. You’ll, therefore, want to ensure that your equipment is in prime condition throughout the year. Some wear and tear is normal but there are ways to keep it to a minimum. This improves energy efficiency and reduces the likelihood of breakdowns. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the things you can do. For an inspection of your system and personalized advice, be sure to reach out to an experienced Anderson HVAC technician.
Change Your HVAC Filters
Air filters are designed to capture indoor air pollutants like dust and pollen. Within a few months, they will become clogged. This will block airflow and put extra strain on the system’s components. You need to change your filters every one to three months depending on the type you have. If you have pets, you may need to change them more frequently. Also, if your home has issues with poor air quality, you should consider upgrading to high-efficiency air filters.
Get a Newer, Smarter Thermostat
If your thermostat is one of the older, traditional models, it’s time for a replacement. If you want the most efficient device, you should consider a programmable or smart thermostat. These help you to optimize the performance of your system. Even the most basic programmable thermostat can be pre-set to your preferred temperature whether you’re out, staying in during the day or sleeping at night. You won’t have to manually adjust the temperature each time.
Some devices allow you program settings for separate weekday or weekend cycles or even a different cycle for each day. You can also get a smart thermostat that you can adjust from your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are. You just need to make sure that your thermostat is compatible with your system. By having the temperature in your home exactly the way you want it, when you want it, the system won’t work overtime or waste energy.
Don’t Close or Block Your HVAC System’s Vents
Homeowners sometimes close the vents in the rooms they’re not using. They assume this will help them to save energy, but it actually does the opposite. Closing the vents forces the air conditioning system to work harder than it should have to. This can cause the components to wear down prematurely.
Some people also block the vents with décor or furniture, and this has the same effect. If you want to reduce strain on your system, you need to be careful with how you place your furniture. You also remember that cold or warm air can damage certain types of problems.
Improve Your Home’s Insulation
If your home is well-insulated, you won’t have to rely as heavily on your HVAC system to keep you comfortable. You’d likely only have to use it when it’s really hot or cold. To ensure that your insulation is up to par, you need to replace weather-stripping around your doors and seal around your windows. An HVAC professional can inspect your home and tell if there are other areas that need to be addressed.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
When it’s warm, ceiling fans can help to bring you some relief. They won’t alter the temperature in the room, but they will help you to feel cooler. Fans may not be enough on the hottest days of the year, but they can definitely reduce the length of time you have to run the AC. This will help to reduce the load on your system.
Do Repairs As Soon As Possible
Anytime your HVAC system starts to act strangely, get it checked out by a professional. Strange smells and sounds and reduced airflow are all a cause for concern. Don’t wait until the system stops working completely to call a trained professional. When you get repairs fixed quickly, you’ll prolong the life of components and save money in the long term.
Sign up for a Maintenance Program
You shouldn’t only call in the professionals when there’s a problem. Getting routine maintenance helps to prevent problems from developing. It also ensures that issues are detected and addressed quickly.
Call C&L Services Today to Discuss Your HVAC Needs
Our team of HVAC technicians provides a wide range of services including installations, repairs, and maintenance. If you want to extend the life of your system and ensure it performs at peak capacity, we will help you. Call C&L Services in Greenville, SC to ask questions or schedule an inspection.
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