Maintenance is the primary way you will keep your HVAC system running smoothly with as light a load as possible. This includes both maintenance you can perform yourself as well as professional maintenance. Here are the three most important things to remember.
- Always schedule routine maintenance even when everything is functioning well.
- Be vigilant for any changes in sounds, smells, or efficiency.
- Check: Filters, ductwork for any leaks, airflow, and your outdoor unit regularly.
Routine maintenance is too frequently overlooked by those who forget to schedule ahead of time or feel everything is “running fine.” Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems that begin silent and cheap to address that you may only notice when repair is very costly. You should also be paying attention to any changes, even if they are gradual. If your bill is slowly rising or your house is taking much longer than usual to heat up, it’s a good idea to have a professional look into the cause. Finally, your HVAC system is an expensive investment so avoid squandering its long lifespan by failing to monitor and maintain with actions you can perform yourself.
Properly Insulating Your Home
Every crack and crevice that allows heat, or cool air in the summer, out of your home is costing you money you could be spending elsewhere. You may think it is a insignificant amount, but it does add up over time. Weatherizing your home is the best way to eliminate this waste and reduce the unnecessary load on your HVAC system. Seal up cracks and crevices that allow air to escape, but don’t stop there. Applying weatherstripping to doors and windows and ensuring your attic is insulated should also be part of your insulation plan. If all of this sounds like too much work for you, there are professionals that will inspect and identify weak points in your insulation and handle the work for you.
Reducing the load on your HVAC system involves a combination of weatherization and HVAC maintenance. Both activities are not overly time-consuming and will only need to be checked up on every few months. With these easy steps you can help keep your system running smoothly for years to come. For HVAC installation, maintenance, or repair, contact East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning.