Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!
If your energy bills are higher than what you would like them to be, chances are your HVAC system is not running as efficiently as it could be. If you want to help your heating and air conditioning systems do their jobs, you'll need to be mindful of how these systems operate and what you can do to improve the situation. Here are three mistakes you'll want to avoid if you want your HVAC system run as efficiently as possible.
Blocking Your Vents and Shutting Your Doors
Take a quick walk around your house and inspect every vent. Is every one of them unobstructed by furniture or your children's toys? Clean things up if needed. When you block a vent, it will take longer for that part of the house to reach the desired temperature, and your HVAC system may stay on longer as a result.
To further promote air flow, try and keep all doors in your home open as much as possible. For an extra boost in the summer time, run your ceiling fans to aid your air conditioner with cooling the house.
Not Changing Your Filters
Both your heating and air conditioning systems rely on air filters to run efficiently. These filters keep gunk out of the system itself and reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system in the long run. An HVAC system with a clogged filter will have to run much longer to reach the desired temperature. Change your air filters at the very least at the start of every new season and preferably once a month if your system sees a lot of use.
Ignoring Your Ducts
While many homeowners remember to perform maintenance on the HVAC system itself, your house's ducts can often go overlooked. The duct work is the system that the cooled or heated air actually uses to travel through your home. If your duct work has seen better days, your entire system could be inefficient. This is why you really need to have a heating and air conditioning contractor come out to your home at least once a year for a full inspection. He or she can check and repair your duct work to ensure smooth operation all year round.
If you want to lower your energy bill, avoid the mistakes sometimes made by other homeowners. Help air circulate through your home by keeping your doors open and your vents unblocked, change your air filters on a regular basis, and get a full inspection by an HVAC contractor at least once a year.