Simple HVAC Resolutions You Can Have In 2020
The new year is just around the corner. It’s time to get your New Year’s resolutions ready. This year try something a little different: instead of making the usual resolutions, include one for your home as well. Make some plans to give your home’s HVAC system some much-deserved TLC and give yourself some benefits in the process:
Schedule a Yearly HVAC Checkup for “Good Health”
Give your HVAC system the gift of “good health” with an annual inspection and cleaning from a professional technician. Your system will receive a thorough inspection to spot any existing issues and anything that may become an issue later on down the line. The technician will repair anything that needs work to ensure that your system will work great all year long. It will also receive a complete cleaning, including all air ducts. This will guarantee that the air inside your home will be clean, fresh, and healthy for you and your family. Your entire HVAC system will be in top form and ready to keep you and your family comfy all season long.
Treat Your HVAC System To a Break Sometimes
Your system will live a long and productive life if you give it a break once in a while. During the winter months, shut your furnace off and treat yourself and your family to a warm, cozy fire in the fireplace occasionally. You can also break out the space heaters and add just the right amount of warmth to the areas of your home that need it the most. No need to crank up the furnace every day. In warmer weather, use fans and opened windows to keep things cool and comfy on mild days rather than turning on the air conditioner. These tricks will also give you a little break on your energy bills.
Don’t Overlook the Small Things
The simple, DIY things are just as important to your HVAC system as the major ones. Things like checking your furnace’s air filter regularly when your system is in use (at least once every 30 days) and changing it at least once during the season. It is also important to pay attention if your system begins to make strange noises or if it isn’t performing up to par anymore. These can be indications of serious problems that you don’t want to neglect. Contact a professional HVAC technician right away.
Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are much more efficient than their outdated counterparts. Whereas the older ones have to be re-set every time you want to change the temperature in your home and let’s face it, how many of us can remember to do that every time it needs to be done?), a programmable thermostat will allow you to “set it and forget it”, even when you aren’t home. Give your furnace a break during the day when everyone is at work or school by setting the thermostat to a cooler setting, then program it to have your home warm and comfortable when it’s time for everyone to come home. It’s a great way to conserve energy, save money, and give your system a break.
Don’t Forget About Your Outdoor A/C Unit
The outdoor component of your HVAC system is easily forgotten during the cold-weather months, but it needs to be taken care of too. Give it a thorough cleaning (or let your trusted HVAC technician do it during your annual cleaning and inspection), and then place a weatherproof cover securely over it. This will prevent any damage to it and it will be clean and ready to go to work when the warm weather returns.
Use Your HVAC Fan’s “Auto” Setting
Don’t allow your system’s fan to run nonstop. This will overwork your system and potentially burn up the fan’s motor eventually. Make sure the setting on your system is in the “Auto” position rather than the “On” position. This way it will only operate when your system is actually at work either heating or cooling your home. It will also keep the fan from constantly pulling in dirt and debris to clog up your system’s air filter.
Place Humidifiers in Your Home To Help
Help your HVAC system keep the air in your home clean and sanitized by using humidifiers. Your HVAC system’s air filter traps the impurities that can find their way into your home via the air it circulates, but a humidifier can take things even further and actually sanitize the air. The humidity they provide also helps the air to retain the warmth and spread it throughout your home.
Retire Your HVAC System With Honors
Your HVAC system has provided your home and family with many years of faithful service. If it has started to slow down or isn’t warming or cooling your home as efficiently as it should any longer, it may be time to upgrade to a newer, more efficient system. If your current HVAC system is at least ten years old, a more modern system can benefit your home. Technology has made great strides in the HVAC field, and a new system can mean major improvements to your home. Give us a call and let one of our professionals assist you in determining the system that would best fit the needs of your home.
New Year’s resolutions can benefit your home and family as well as yourself, and making a few resolutions where your HVAC system is concerned will ensure that everyone will have a safe, comfortable new year no matter what the weather is like!
Give Centerville Heating & Cooling a call at 937-353-1169, and let us help you get 2020 off to a great start. You can also visit up online at https://www.centervilleheatandcooling.com/appointments/ to schedule an appointment for HVAC services. We look forward to moving forward into the future with you.