One of the most important parts of your home is your HVAC system. Responsible for creating a comfortable and healthy environment for your home, knowledge about HVAC can help your home stay in excellent condition and reduce costs (i.e. energy bills, maintenance fees, medical-related issues, etc). Here are 4 things every homeowner should know about their HVAC system.
1. The Air Filter is Extremely Important
Regularly changing your air filters is very important. If you notice that your HVAC system is overworking or that temperatures aren’t regulated optimally, chances are the air filter is in need of a replacement. Typically, air filters should be replaced every 6 to 12 months or every season, particularly during humid seasons and when your HVAC system is in regular use. In most cases, replacement of the air filter only requires removing a few screws, taking out the old filter, and inserting the new one.
By regularly changing your air filter, you’ll save yourself money, time and energy. Replacing an old filter is a no brainer when you consider the cost of a cooling fan breaking down or a service call to repair a broken belt from an overworked motor fan.
2. Maintenance is Crucial
HVAC systems do require regular maintenance, so make sure to put its upkeep as a high-priority item on your to-do list. First, you will be looking for rust, water marks, loud/excessive noises, and abnormalities within your home system. Any indication may mean that you need to take a deep look at your system and try to diagnose the issue. Also, you will want to look for install dates and any other literature with your home unit. Considering that HVAC systems experience regular wear-and-tear, you’ll want to regularly replace belts, cracked duct work, connections, and more.
With these systems, it is always better to fix the problem as soon as it starts. Not only will you be saving money on costly repairs and service calls, but you’ll also be saving money on your utility bills with a more efficient system.
3. Check the Air Ducts Regularly
Make sure that your air ducts are clean and unobstructed throughout your entire HVAC system. You’ll want to look for cracks, loose connections, uneven airflow, obstructions (such as toys, paper wrappers, and other debris), condensation around the ducts, and more. Replacing ductwork is relatively simple, but ducts that are located in your walls may require a professional to adequately clean them.
4. Clean the Area Around Your HVAC
By keeping the area clean around the system, you are insuring that the filters don’t get too dirty and that the system itself will be more efficient. For instance, if your HVAC system’s intake is located in a basement or an attic, you will want to vacuum and clean regularly to ensure that particles don’t build up in the system. Similarly, you’ll want to avoid placing furniture or any other objects in front of the vents to maximize the amount of recirculated air in your home.
In conclusion, HVAC systems are an integral part of your home. Doing these 4 things will help lengthen the life of your energy efficient HVAC system, making your home healthier and more comfortable for years to come.
This article is courtesy of:
Innovative Building Materials