If you’re inclined to make promises to yourself to improve some aspects of your life at year-s end, why not make some HVAC resolutions? It’s the one system in your home responsible for everyone’s comfort. By giving it the attention it deserves, your energy costs might drop because the system is running better.
Check and change the air filter.
As basic as it is, a clean air filter promotes better efficiency and durability. Dust is not the friend of HVAC systems, and it’s the filter’s role to trap it. If you have trouble remembering to check it, set a reminder on your phone or look at the filter every time you get your electric bill.
Get a programmable thermostat.
If you’re away on a regular schedule, consider installing a programmable thermostat to help you manage temperatures more effectively. Some of the new smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostats go further and tell you when your HVAC system needs attention. Even a basic, analog programmable thermostat will cut your energy costs.
As hard as your HVAC system works, it does need professional attention at least once a year. It’s one of the most important HVAC resolutions because a tune-up will cut your energy costs, prolong your system’s lifetime, keep the warranty active and might prevent breakdown. Many HVAC system manufacturers require professional maintenance to keep the warranty active.
As these systems run, they vibrate, which loosens the parts. They’re also exposed to a good deal of dust that retains heat on the parts that wears them out faster. Motors need lubrication and belts tightened. Without these services, your equipment won’t last as long and your energy bills will be higher.
Pay attention to the ductwork.
Glance at the register covers periodically to check for excessive dust on them or the nearby surfaces. It could be a sign of a ductwork leak that will drive up energy costs and pollute the indoor air.
The experts at Detmer and Sons can help you keep your HVAC resolutions and suggest more system and energy-saving measures. We provide HVAC services for Dayton-area homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Dayton, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).