#1 Know What Type of HVAC System You Have.
Knowing what type HVAC system you have is essential as a new home owner. Homes are built with split systems, package units, window units & even mini-split units. There are also variants of units such as heat pump, boiler, straight cool, and furnaces. If you have a furnace you should also know whether it is electric or natural gas.
#2 Change Your Air Filters Regularly.
Change the filter as soon as you move into a new home and continue to change them every 2-3 months unless you have extraordinary circumstances, such as smoking & pets, in which case they should be changed monthly to keep your energy bill lower and reduce the risk of damage.
#3 Clear Your Condenser Unit of Debris.
Make sure your condenser is free from any debris such as leaves, sticks, and grass. A compressed condenser unit can cause damage and higher electricity bills due to the system working hard to provide air.
#4 Keep your vents open.
Closed vents cause your unit to work harder to keep the entire house at a certain degree. Each vent should remain open to achieve the correct distribution of air throughout your home. Closing vents will not save you any money, it may even cost you more.
#5 Build a Working Relationship With Licensed Contractors.
Homeowners need licensed HVAC contractors they can trust in order to keep their HVAC unit performing correctly. The most important objective is to ensure the contractor you choose is licensed, insured and certified. If you’re unsure of a contractor try calling the licensing board and asking if their license is still valid and if they’ve had any complaints from other homeowners or business owners. Many homeowners go through numerous contractors until they find the right fit. Haven’t found yours yet? Don’t worry, there are many who would love the opportunity to work with you, including us!
#6 Keep your HVAC unit clean.
Proper preventative maintenance can keep your unit working at peak performance through all seasons. A clean system usually includes a lower energy bill as well as proper air flow throughout your home. Preventative maintenance should occur twice a year (Fall & Spring).
#7 Vent Cleaning.
HVAC vents can accumulate dust when not in use. You can remove the vents throughout your home and give them a thorough cleaning. This will help fight allergies in your home when you do use your HVAC unit.
#8 Consider using a smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats can efficiently keep your home at a comfortable temperature. With a smart thermostat, you can set an “Away” temperature to keep your unit from operating throughout the day while you’re not home, they can also track your location to start up when you’re nearby so you come home to a perfect temperature.
#9 AC Drainage.
During the hotter months, ensure your AC drains properly. Your drain pipe should be clear from any debris and should be draining properly.
#10 Make sure your home is well insulated.
It’s no secret heat escapes from your home in the winter. Adding insulation to your home can help keep some of the heat inside. Also, be sure your doors and windows have proper seals so the heat doesn’t escape through the cracks leading to your HVAC unit working overtime.
#11 If you’re in doubt, call us.
If you think you have a problem that you can’t solve on your own, call us! We’re here to help.