Once the children head back to school and the days begin to grow shorter than in the summer months, it is only a matter of time before your HVAC system will be called upon to maintain the warmth and comfort within your home. It is also the perfect time to perform a bit of preventative maintenance to ensure your unit is up to the job.
1. Install Clean, Quality Air Filters
HVAC filters that are dirty or clogged will prevent the flow of air through your HVAC system. This restricted airflow will negatively affect the efficiency of system operations and add to the cost of your monthly energy bills. Some types of filters are washable and reusable, but not all. Please check the packaging to see if the filter is washable. If not, then you’ll need to purchase new quality filters. Cleaning air filters every one to three months is often sufficient to maintain the performance of an HVAC system. Homeowners who do not possess the time or desire to clean the filters can choose instead to replace them.
2. Reprogram Your Thermostat
Homeowners may find it helpful to reprogram their thermostat once it is time for an HVAC system to transition from cooling to heating. You can set your thermostat so that the temperature inside your home is a little lower during the times when no one is in your home. You can adjust the settings for a more comfortable temperature when you are home. The Department of Energy estimates the lower temperatures will save one percent on monthly energy bills for each degree the temperature is set back for eight hours or longer per day.
3. Clean Up Your Air Vents
Homeowners should make it a habit to check the vents in their home from time to time. One way you can remember to do so is to check the vents when you change or replace your air filters.
The first order of business is making sure the vents are unobstructed by furniture, rugs, or other objects. It will also help to clean any accumulated dust and debris you find in areas near the vent. If allowed to linger, these particles will eventually find their way into the system.
4. Check the Register Settings
You can open and close the registers on their HVAC system to control what parts of your home receives the heat from the system. This action will allow you to not waste valuable heat in spaces that are often unoccupied in your home, like guest rooms. It is important to remember, however, that blocking too many registers can cause the air pressure of your HVAC system to become unbalanced.
5. Check for Drafts and Air Leaks.
If drafts are making it through the doors and windows of your home, your system will need to work harder to provide heat to your home during the fall and winter months. Identifying and sealing areas with drafts can save you a lot in heating costs.
6. Schedule an Inspection
Homeowners that make it a point to invite a professional technician into their home to inspect the HVAC system once or twice a year take advantage of perhaps the best way to stop small problems with the system from growing into large ones. One of these inspections should take place once it is time for your system to switch from cooling the home to providing heat to the residence.
A good HVAC professional will perform the following actions to ensure your system is in proper working order:
- Check air filters and replace as needed
- Ensure motors, switches, and belts are working properly
- Check electrical connections
- Check and restore refrigerant levels
- Check safety systems
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Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. began delivering quality HVAC service to the people of the Northglenn and Denver Metro area in 2007. The company did not need much time to establish itself as the best option for area residents in need of a qualified professional to address their heating and cooling needs. We work mostly with Rheem to secure the equipment we use for repairs and possess experience with installing Lennox HVAC products. But our company technicians are more than capable of servicing all brands, makes, and models of HVAC systems. Home and business owners concerned with preparing their HVAC system for the fall and winter months can do no better than to call Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. as soon as possible to help them meet this goal. We look forward to serving all of your indoor climate and home comfort needs.