Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to bring the house back in order and curb the expenses. Putting things to the right will take time, but in doing so, do not forget about your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. At times like these, you may overlook its needs thinking that nothing would happen. Nevertheless, that could be a grave mistake leading to future troubles and malfunctions.
A machine that runs continuously needs routine care. Therefore, to make your job easier, here are our four crucial tips for your HVAC system. Following them will help you save money on needless repairs and create a world of difference in the comfort of your home.
Four Tips You Need To Know For Your HVAC System
Our knowledge, expertise, and experience in the HVAC field are enough to give you faith in our advice. We do not shoot blindly into thin air with our tips. They are all backed by proper reasoning.
1. Always Get Help From Professionals – Unfortunately, you cannot trust all the HVAC contractors. Most have neither the qualification nor the license to practice, let alone any certification. These are the people who often quote extremely low figures to entice the clients. Falling in their trap is bound to increase your HVAC woes. We always advise our clients to get help from certified and experienced technicians. It is your right to ask for documentation from the contractors to prove their tall claims before allowing them to install, service, or repair your heating and cooling system. The other thing is to get professional help on time. To be more precise, follow a strict maintenance schedule for your system, and at the first sign of any trouble, seek immediate help. Do not allow them to fester by ignoring them, as that will just compound the problem and lead to extensive and expensive repairs.
2. Do Not Try To Fix The Problems Yourself – Literally, this is the most frustrating aspect of our profession. Often the client calls up to say that they tried to fix an HVAC problem themselves, and the unit still doesn’t seem to work. When we reached on-site, we discovered that, to begin with, the issue was small, but it worsened due to the DIY activity. So in such cases, our first piece of advice is – Please refrain from trying to fix the problem yourself. The second piece of advice is – If you are still inclined to tackle it yourself, at least call your HVAC technician and find out whether they recommend it or not. If not, do not proceed with the DIY repairs. Please remember you are not an HVAC technician. Hence your knowledge of the subject is limited. You can harm the unit as well as yourself by trying to undertake something that is best addressed by the experts.
3. Change Your Air Filters Regularly – Airflow is a critical aspect of any heating and cooling system’s working. When there is an impediment in the flow of air, your unit will bear its brunt in the form of undue strain and overheating. The most common reason for restricted airflow is the dirty air filters. The air filters trap dust and other particles suspended in the air. Slowly and steadily, its buildup increases. If you fail to change them timely, they become fully clogged, making it difficult for the system to breathe. This situation needs to be avoided at all costs. The only solution is to change the air filters regularly. It is advised that if you stay in an area with poor air quality, you should change your HVAC system’s air filters every month. Else changing them every quarter will suffice.
4. Do Not Close The Vents – One biggest myth that we wish to bust is that closing the vents in the rooms that are not in use will bring you more savings. There is no truth to this claim. Remember, when you bought your HVAC system, it was sized according to your home. At that time, you made no note of closing vents in some of the rooms. What closing vets actually does is disrupt the smooth flow of air into your home. It creates pressure differences and also makes for hot and cold areas within the house. Sometimes, it can also damage the ductwork. All in all, what really happens is that the chances of expensive repairs increases. Therefore, never close the vents intentionally in your home. Now about those times when you do it unintentionally. Getting bored of the same indoor setting and changing things is almost everybody’s vice. Critical to remember in these instances is that you don’t place anything directly in front of the vent.
Some Other Handy Tips For The HVAC System
1. Regular inspection of the ductwork will help catch cracks and holes timely making for efficient HVAC operation.
2. The HVAC system’s outdoor unit should have sufficient breathing space, meaning there should not be any dirt piles or bushes growing around it.
3. Use a smart thermostat to make the most of your HVAC system. It also allows you to control the indoor temperature from anywhere.
4. Ensure that your home is properly insulated. It would be best if you sealed all cracks and gaps in doors and windows.
Rounding Up Our HVAC Advice
There is no shortcut when it comes to taking care of your HVAC system. Turning a blind eye towards it will only increase your woes. The best you can do is schedule its regular maintenance, keep it clean, and leave the rest to the HVAC contractors.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a premier HVAC contractor in West Palm Beach. Specializing in all heating and cooling system services, we are dedicated to making your home as comfortable as possible. HVAC system installations, repairs, maintenance, and air duct cleaning are all carried out by a team of highly trained and experienced technicians. Affordable, world-class service is our promise. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452. We are open 24/7 and 365 days a year so call us at your convenience.