It is only once you are stuck in an uncomfortable room that you realize how important your HVAC systems are. When it is chilly or very warm outside, it is good to know you have a fully functional system keeping the environment in your house comfortable.
Your HVAC unit plays a vital role in making your home a space that you love. What if there was a way to tell it, “Thank you?”
The best way to show your appreciation to your heating and cooling system is to take care of it. There are a few simple practices that you can incorporate into your regular home maintenance that will also improve the efficiency of your HVAC.
Keep It Clean
Cleaning the areas inside and outside your home that factor into your HVAC unit’s operation may not be a part of your Sunday afternoon dusting plan, but it is a good idea to add them in.
The easiest ways to do this is to dust and vacuum your indoor vents. This removes collected dirt and debris from the vents that might affect airflow and hinder the operation of your HVAC unit. If you haven’t run your system for a month or two, this also helps you avoid those days when you turn on the heating or cooling system and encounter an hour-long sneezing fit.
Additionally, it is best to ensure that vents are unobstructed by furniture or clutter, as this can also affect your system’s ability to do its job. You don’t want to have to pay extra money for an HVAC system working harder due to a poorly placed ottoman!
Keep It Temperate
When the temperature drops, it is normal to dive for the thermostat to warm up your indoor environment as quickly as possible. The problem here is that adjusting your thermostat at the last minute increases the degree of change you want to make. In short, you are much more likely to put in too high of a number. This puts undue strain on your HVAC and creates an unnecessary expense for you because your system is forced to work harder.
The same is true in the summer, when temperatures in your home are too hot. One of the best things you can do for your HVAC and your wallet is to keep your temperature set in a more temperate range. You want to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the day, not try to make sudden changes once you realize you’re too uncomfortable to tolerate it any longer.
Keep It Well-Maintained
You see the doctor once a year; your car goes to the shop yearly, too. The same practice should apply to keeping your HVAC system in good condition. It may not require a tire rotation, or a flu shot, but your HVAC equipment does need a tune-up at least once a year, if not twice a year (for systems such as heat pumps).
While there are some things you can do to help your HVAC out throughout the year, it is best to call in a professional technician to do a full check of your system. Getting your ducts, equipment and connections looked over by a trained technician can catch minor issues before they become major ones, extending the efficiency and lifespan of your unit.
As the seasons start to shift, it is ideal to ensure you are getting the best care and maintenance for your HVAC system in Fort Wayne, IN.
Reach out to Collier’s Comfort today to learn more about our trusted, quality HVAC services.