A full heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit is a costly setup. As a homeowner, you want to maximize the cost of your HVAC unit and ensure that it serves you efficiently for the full length of its lifespan.
To do this, you need to service the system regularly and prevent breakdowns. Here are some of the ways you can avoid serious issues with your HVAC unit.
Carry Out Periodic Maintenance
Periodic maintenance is a preventive measure that ensures your HVAC doesn’t break down abruptly. During a check-up, a qualified technician will check the system for any mechanical faults that could cause damages. For instance, it is good practice to change the drive belt once a year. This will prevent damage caused by wear and tear. Specialists advise that you get your HVAC checked at least twice a year — in the spring and in the fall. These seasonal checkups will determine if the temperature sensors and regulators are in good condition.
Change Filters Regularly
Air filters function by attracting dust and other particles to keep the air clean. Therefore, they need to be changed regularly for the filtration system to work effectively. In addition, clean filters can lower your HVAC unit’s energy consumption by as much as 15%. Some filters are reusable and can, therefore, be removed, cleaned, and replaced. This is a maintenance task you can perform on your own without professional help. On more modern machines, self-cleaning is also an option. Whichever your situation, ensure that you check your filters at least once a month to keep them in good condition.
Keep the Exterior Free From Obstruction
If the outdoor unit of your HVAC system gets clogged, heat transfer from the system will be prevented. This can damage it. To prevent costly repairs, ensure that the outdoor unit is installed in a safe place away from dust, leaves, and other things that may block the fan. Do not plant anything around the outdoor unit. From time to time, wipe it to keep it free from dust and cobwebs.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
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Generally, a programmable thermostat will solve the problem of inefficient cooling in the summer and inadequate heating in the winter. In addition, it reduces the energy consumed by your HVAC system, thereby reducing the strain on its compressor. For $230 at the most, this is a wise move to protect your air conditioning system. A programmable thermostat also bypasses the problems associated with incorrect calibration. Moreover, you can set the thermostat to vacation mode when you and your family leave the house for long periods. This will prevent the leaks and water damage caused by turning the HVAC unit on and off.
Pay attention to the noises and sounds your HVAC unit produces. Once you notice anything wrong, call your technician. Avoid delaying any small repairs to prevent the problem from getting worse. Following these tips will save you money, both in repairs and energy bills, and will help you keep your HVAC system in good condition.