3 HVAC Tips for Every Homeowner
by Guest Post on May 25, 2021
For homeowners in the United States, regular maintenance and upkeep are crucial for the efficiency of their home's air systems. Both the HVAC unit and heating system are important during different seasons throughout the year. However, proper monitoring of their operations should be year-round, ensuring that despite the weather changing, the household is always comfortable and safe. Here, we will look at three HVAC tips for every homeowner, guaranteeing the longest lifespan of the home's air system equipment and the most cost-efficient energy use.
1. Keep your windows and doors free of leaks.
Whether you're keeping up with the maintenance of your air conditioner, furnace, or another home heater, energy efficiency is important for several reasons. The first concern may be the conservation of your home's overall energy use. When there's an air leak within the ductwork or ventilation of the HVAC system or heater, the energy being used to keep the equipment running goes to waste. Aside from being bad for the environment, that wasted energy directly affects your monthly utility bills.
Your first order of business should be maintaining the amount of leaked air throughout the entire house. The easiest and most important way to keep an eye on leaks and drafts is to continuously inspect your windows for compromised spots. According to Weather Seal, a Michigan-based, Grand Rapids house windows company, window leaks are a primary reason for HVAC and heating system inefficiency. Even if the initial installation of your home's windows was done correctly, leaks can still accumulate over time. No matter if you're monitoring your air conditioner's cool air during the summer or heat during the winter, checking your windows and the surrounding areas can do a great job in helping isolate possible leaks.
In fact, new technologies in magnetized windows help add to efficiency in leak prevention. Not unlike the magnetic liner that allows for the application of cosmetic eyelashes, storm windows, and other residential areas can be safeguarded by the natural power of a magnetic window lining. These new windows not only help aid in the preventative measures against leaks and drafts but require no additional electricity or utilities. Any homeowner interested in this modern preventative measure should contact a reputable window company and inquire about a free estimate of installation.
2. Schedule routine maintenance calls year-round.
Many homeowners falsely assume that checking their air systems just before changing seasons is enough to keep the units running smoothly. However, year-round HVAC service is truly the safest bet for keeping both the air conditioning unit and heater functioning properly. According to New Mexico-based Wagner Mechanical, an air conditioning service in Albuquerque, having your HVAC inspected months in advance of the summer weather help ensure that the unit will be in tip-top shape during the hottest months. Likewise, employing HVAC professionals to maintain the heating unit in advance of the winter ensures that your family will always have the needed warmth when the time comes.
No matter the season, having a good HVAC company on-call guarantees that, in an emergency, professional technicians with years of experience will be available for any needed repair services.
3. Maintain your air filters and thermostat.
Although there's no substitute for professional maintenance, there are specific precautions that all homeowners can take to maintain the efficiency of their household's air systems. For example, both the air conditioning unit and heating system utilize the home's ductwork and ventilation. This means that changing out the units' air filters is incredibly important for both the systems themselves and the health and safety of the family. It's important to remember that the basic necessity of the air filter is to clean the transferred air of dust, debris, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens. A clean air filter makes the circulating air throughout the household safer to breathe, as the home's air quality is directly related to the filtration system.
Additionally, when the air filters go unchecked for long amounts of time, those small pieces of debris and contaminants build-up, causing larger clogs. As those clogs count up, the air no longer passes through the ventilation as easily, thus making either the HVAC system or heater run longer and at a higher level of power. This single issue can run up your home's monthly energy bill.
Another basic tip to keep in mind is to keep an eye on your home's thermostat unit. This small device runs on traditional, disposable batteries unless you've recently installed a programmable, or "smart" thermostat. Believe it or not, when family members notice that the thermostat reading doesn't seem to match the actual temperature of the house, the immediate assumption is that something major is wrong with the home's air systems. Instead of worrying that your home's HVAC or heater may need a major overhaul or another expensive maintenance repair, check the batteries first!
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