Making HVAC resolutions this New Year is an excellent idea, since your HVAC system is crucial for your comfort and monthly budget. These systems are more durable and efficient when they’re clean and professionally maintained. Giving the equipment the attention it requires lengthens its lifetime, helping you avoid a costly system replacement or high energy bills.
- Check the air filter monthly when your system is running routinely and change it when it’s dirty. A dirty air filter is the most common cause of HVAC breakdowns because it restricts the amount of air flowing through the system. This harms both the heating and cooling components of your system. Most people need to change the filter every three months, but how often you need to replace it depends on the amount of dust and airborne particulates in your home.
- Keep the outdoor condenser clean and free from debris. Keep the outdoor condenser for your heat pump or air conditioner clean for more efficient cooling and heating with a heat pump. Clean the fins and coils inside the condenser by gently spraying with a hose. Never place anything beside or on top of the condenser. Doing so reduces the airflow going through it, driving up conditioning costs. Do not cover the condenser, even when it’s not in use.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat could be one of the most energy-saving HVAC resolutions you make, especially if you’re away on a routine basis.
- Have it serviced annually. Running your system without annual maintenance will shorten its lifetime, increase energy bills, and set the stage for unexpected and unnecessary breakdowns. It’s especially important to have a gas furnace maintained annually for better efficiency and safety. Since summers are long and hot here, cooling system maintenance is a must for lower energy costs and dependable cooling.
The pros at CCAC can help you with more HVAC resolutions to get the most from your equipment. We provide trusted HVAC services for Coastal Bend homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.
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