As winter approaches, one thing that typically goes along with a dropping temperature outside is a higher utility bill. You can’t keep winter’s icy breath away, but there are things you can do to keep your heating bills under control. Along with ensuring your system is working at its best, you’ll also ensure it has a longer life. Here are a few things you should do every year.
Examine the HVAC Unit
On average, an HVAC system can last up to 20 years if it is properly maintained. It’s very important to have your system examined by a qualified professional who can make sure it’s running properly and also clean it. Even though having this done may require a small investment, it will save you money over the course of time. Mark your calendar each year so this will be a priority in your preparation for winter.
Change the Filter
Changing a filter is a relatively easy task most of the time, but it’s also easy to forget. Dirty filters make it difficult for air to pass through because they’re clogged up with dust, allergens, and other debris that’s in your home’s air. make it a habit to change your filter every month. You can also purchase reusable filters that can be rinsed, cleaned, and reused. The important thing is to make sure a clean filter is in place.
Test the Thermostat
Just because your thermostat appears to be doing its job doesn’t mean it’s doing the best job possible. It’s a good idea to test it every once in a while. On a fairly comfortable day, turn on your heat, and later do the same with your air conditioning. Set the temperature for something you find comfortable. If your system takes too long to get to your preferred temperature, or it doesn’t get there at all, you may have a problem. Have it checked as soon as possible, and ask your technician about installing a programmable thermostat. It will allow you to preset your temperature for different times of day and allow your system to work less when you’re away.
Clean the Air Vents
The intake vent on your system can become very dirty due to the fact it pulled air into the system before it has gone through a filter. For that reason, you need to routinely check it to ensure it is clean. Also make certain it is not blocked by anything that could impeded the free flow of air. You might also consider a regular cleaning of your air ducts. When your system goes through its yearly maintenance check-up, talk with your technician about air duct cleaning.
You don’t have to be a certified technician to do the basics when it comes to your system, but when it comes to the your heating system’s more technical needs, contact AC Genius. We’ll be glad to take care of your system so it keeps you safe and comfortable all winter along.