HVAC 101: Preparing your HVAC for the Fall
When the seasons begin to change – and the mornings become chilly – your thoughts will naturally go from keeping your house cool to keeping it warm. It’s time like these that you will want a well-maintained HVAC system that is both functional and efficient. Here are some ways that you can show your HVAC system some love before old man winter rolls around.
Cleaning & Replacing Air Filters
Cleaning & replacing your air filters is one of the most important things to do to ensure that your HVAC system is working properly. Dirty HVAC filters can reduce airflow and hamper the efficiency of your entire system. When the filter gets dirty, congestion can make it work harder than it needs to. This ultimately leads to increased energy bills and can shorten the life of your unit. However, replacing the filter isn’t just about the money. If anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, dirty air filters can worsen the air quality in your home and hurt those individuals further. By routinely replacing your air filter, you can remove dust and debris and ensure your air quality stays optimal.
Calibrate the Thermostat/Investing in a Programmable Thermostat
If your thermostat isn’t calibrated correctly, you may notice you’re uncomfortable with the temperature in your house. Whether it be dirt or debris or physical damage, your thermostat can break in multiple ways. Similarly, full-functioning thermostat’s can tax your utility bill when they are readjusted constantly. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, it might be time to invest in one. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature colder at night when you’re asleep, as well as during the day if everyone is away at work or school. If your thermostat is out of whack, you could be paying more than you need to and your HVAC might not cool or heat as efficiently as it should.
Professional HVAC Inspection
An HVAC tune-up is really worth the money. An HVAC contractor can provide a cleaning and check up at the start of the season change to make sure your unit is functioning properly. This inspection will help detect any potential problems as well as checking filters, electrical switches, belts, motors, safety switches, and more. Preventative maintenance is a lot cheaper than replacing thousand dollar systems, so make sure to give the pro’s a call as the weather gets cooler.
Replacement of Your HVAC System
While this might not be an ideal suggestion for everyone, it’s something that you should consider as a homeowner. Before scheduling a tune-up, you should consider the age of your heating system. Heating systems that are older than 10 years old are only 50-60% efficient when compared to newer models. While this might be expensive, it can help keep costs down and boost efficiency in your home’s HVAC system.
We understand you cannot always plan for a heating emergency, but you can take preventative measures to avoid one come colder weather. If you need assistance with any of those listed above, contact the professionals at SameDay Heating and Air. To learn more, or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (801) 726-3329.