Replacing an HVAC system can be costly and inconvenient, but there are a number of ways to ensure that your unit stays running smoothly and efficiently so that it can be used until the end of its useful life…and not a second sooner!
1. Replace the Air Filters
Though most people believe that the air filters in an HVAC unit are only there to clean the air, they also protect the system. The air filters work to trap all the dust and debris, but when the filter becomes clogged, it can damage your HVAC unit. The dust and debris then get stuck in the equipment and the system has to work harder to push air through the clogged filter. This can also impact the overall air quality, as the rush of air can push the dust and debris back into your home’s air. For extra cleaning, consider purchasing a Minimum Efficient Reporting Value (MERV) rated air filter.
2. Keep the Heat Out
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As with most things, when you overwork your HVAC system, it becomes less productive. It’s imperative to be mindful of using your HVAC unit effectively. So in those hot summer months, be sure to cover your windows and secure the envelope of your home to allow for the least amount of heat to get inside. This small trick can help your system to not have to work as hard; therefore, allowing the unit to run more efficiently.
3. Utilize the Energy Saver Mode
When you power on your unit, common sense tells you that it will be on until you shut it off. If you power on your unit while in energy saver mode, it will actually turn off by itself when it reaches a certain temperature in the house or the room, depending on your unit. Not only does this give your unit a nice little breather, but it can also assist you with saving some money on your utility bills.
4. Get Smart
If you’re trying to keep your home HVAC unit from being overworked, consider investing in a smart thermostat. With a smart thermostat, you can automatically program and schedule when you want your HVAC to turn on and off, as well as other functions, all through an app. So when you decide to go out, you won’t have to worry about your unit turning on; you can simply readjust the schedule right from your phone.
5. Regular Maintenance
It’s always a good idea to bring in a professional to make sure everything is running smoothly every once in a while. With an HVAC system, having a professional come in to check the unit regularly (at least yearly) puts you ahead of the curve and keeps you in the loop about your system. If anything is wrong, they can also fix it right then and there!
HVAC cooling and heating is a luxury that not everyone can afford; however, just because you can afford it, it doesn’t mean you can afford a new system. Therefore, taking the proper steps to increase productivity and efficiency is a vital part of a homeowner’s routine maintenance checks.