The warmer temps this time of year are not only a welcome sign of spring but for most homeowners it also means a bit of financial relief from the added costs of heating expenses. In fact, throughout the year, as much as half of a home’s energy use goes toward heating and cooling.
Use these quick tips to properly maintain your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to help make a big difference when it comes to gaining increased efficiency and lowering related energy costs.
1. Have your HVAC unit professionally serviced
HVAC systems should be serviced following specific maintenance procedures twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Sticking to a routine maintenance plan helps equipment last longer, reduces major repairs, and keeps the equipment running at peak efficiency overall.
2. Keep your HVAC unit free of surrounding debris
Many residential HVAC systems tend to be situated close to the home, yet still within the natural environment. The unit’s coil can often become clogged with dirt, leaves, and other debris, which results in reduced heat transfer and a less efficient unit. To help prevent this from becoming an issue, spend a few minutes each week taking notice of the surroundings of your HVAC unit and rake away any new overgrowth or anything else that could cause a potential problem.
3. Change the filter
Another preventative measure for maintaining a more efficient HVAC system is filter changing. Dirty filters make the equipment work harder and can reduce the overall efficiency. In addition, a completely clogged filter can make the coil freeze up, causing water problems and reducing the life of the entire unit. Clean filters can provide healthier, cleaner air for the home environment. Swapping out an old filter with a brand new one is an easy task almost any homeowner can manage.
Extra Tip: How often a filter should be changed can vary depending on usage. Before changing a filter, check the owner’s manual for specific recommendations for the specific HVAC unit, however, it should be typical routine to change 1-inch filters once every three months, or even monthly if there are pets or anyone with allergies living within the home.