There is a very good chance that your HVAC system is one of the last things on your mind as the new year approaches. However, as an integral part of maintaining home comfort for you and your family, your HVAC system deserves a spot in your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2017. Want to learn more? Read on to find out how you can resolve to be better to your HVAC system this year and optimize your home comfort.
Top HVAC New Year’s Resolutions
Try something different this year, and add one of these top HVAC New Year’s resolutions to your list for 2017:
Learn repair warning signs.
The quicker you can recognize signs that your HVAC system needs repairs, the sooner you can get the system repaired and restore home comfort efficiency. Do a little research on the most common AC and heater problems. Then, call your HVAC technician when you start to see signs of these issues with your system.
Keep plants and foliage maintained.
Keep your outdoor air compressor free of debris and obstructions by trimming bushes, shrubs, branches, tall grass, and any other foliage that may be growing near the unit. Aim for a two-foot clearing around the unit. This keeps the system free of blockages and also allows for a clear path for your HVAC technician when he or she needs to tune-up or repair the system.
Check your air filter monthly and clean or change the filter.
Checking and replacing the air filter once a month is something that every homeowner should do to maintain efficiency and keep their system running smoothly. A clogged filter can negatively impact your indoor air quality, restrict airflow within your home, increase energy costs, and cause unnecessary wear and tear to your system. Check your air filter monthly and replace or clean the filter if it is dirty or clogged.
Resolve to get an annual tune-up.
In order to ensure that your HVAC system is running efficiently and keeping you comfortable, it is important to get an annual tune-up from a qualified HVAC technician. During the maintenance visit, your HVAC technician will make sure your system is clean and lubricated while also checking for any repair needs. Most homeowners will get a furnace tune-up in the fall, just before the winter weather starts to hit, and an air conditioner tune-up in the spring before they start using their AC for the summer.
Check your insulation and ductwork for leaks.
Check your insulation in attics and crawl spaces, and seal any leaks that you may find. Make sure that your air ducts are also sealed. Poor insulation and leaks in your ductwork can allow the cool or warm air to escape, causing your HVAC system to work less efficiently. This energy waste can drive energy costs up, costing you more money each month.
Not sure how to get started with these HVAC New Year’s resolutions? Contact us today to find out how you can ensure that your system is taken care of in 2017.