Winter HVAC Maintenance Tips
When the temperature starts dropping and winter sets in, your HVAC system becomes your most cherished commodity on a cold winter night. If it is not properly functioning, however, you could be in for a rough season that not only includes discomfort, but high energy bills as well. To ensure your home heating bill remains reasonable, and your hard-earned money does not go to waste, you will need to support your HVAC system by following some of these simple tips:
1.Change the air filter and remember to clean the vents: Incidentally, one of the most important things you can do to support your HVAC system is also one of the easiest things you can do. Change your air filter at least once every three months, and make sure you check it once a month. If it is dirty, replace it. Regardless if it is dirty or not, you must change it every three months. After you replace your filter, vacuum off the air vents, keeping them clean to allow warm air to flow easily. This will improve temperature regulation throughout the home.
2.Have your HVAC system inspected: Scheduling a yearly service for your HVAC system will help ensure that it is functioning properly. The best time to have it inspected is in the fall to prepare it for the winter ahead. Having these regular maintenance appointments will help identify any potential problem areas that might otherwise be unseen, leading to costly repairs in the future.
3.Replace your ancient HVAC system: True, replacing the HVAC system in your home can be expensive, but the costs well outweigh the discomfort and costs of keeping an old and inefficient system. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, do yourself a favor and consult with a service technician to get a professional opinion regarding the longevity of your system. Replacing it can reduce your energy bill, saving you money in the long run.
4.Make sure your attic is adequately insulated: Help your HVAC system operate at peak performance by lightening its load. If you insulate your home’s attic, you can keep warm air in your home, preventing it from escaping outside. What does this mean for your HVAC system? It will not have to work as hard to maintain the home’s proper temperature. How do you know if your home’s attic is sufficiently insulated? According to EnergyStar.gov, insulation in the attic should be high enough to obstruct the view of floor joists.
5.Consider installing a programmable thermostat: The temperature of your home should be based on who is there and, if no one is home, can be set significantly lower than a conventional living area temperature. Unfortunately, too many homeowners neglect to adjust their thermostats when they leave their home because they forget, think it is too much work, or simply do not want to return to a cold home. To eliminate these issues, install a programmable thermostat, which will allow you to set the temperature in your home for every hour of the day. It will keep to the schedule you set day after day, until you decide to alter it according to your needs. Depending on the device you choose, you might even be able to adjust the temperature from your smartphone, allowing you to alter the settings of your thermostat whenever and wherever you are.
If you want to stay cozy this winter, prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming weather. It will be worth the investment.
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