Your HVAC system woks hard throughout the year to keep your home comfortable. During the chilly months of winter, it pumps warm air through the home to keep it toasty and warm. Once the summer rolls around, cool air circulates to keep things from getting too hot within your home. When it’s operating at its best, you barely notice that it’s doing anything at all and the climate of your home remains consistent. I may be able to run even better.
There are things you can do to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system even more, not only helping it run more smoothly but also saving you money on your heating and cooling costs. The specifics on how you accomplish your goals can depend largely on your home’s layout and the type of system you have, but there are generally a few improvements everyone can make.
Optimizing Air Flow
One thing you can do to get more from your HVAC system is to make sure the airflow from your system is unobstructed. Periodically check your vents and vacuum and clean them as necessary to make sure the dirt and dust deposits are cleaned up. Check your cold air return to make sure there is no furniture or other large items in the way blocking the flow and that proper clearances around these vents and returns are being observed. Make sure filters are cleaned and changed regularly or install an electrostatic filter that you can wash to keep it in peak operating condition. Basically, make sure nothing will obstruct any airflow throughout the system.
Assisting Your HVAC System
Once you have airflow without issues, there are a few other things to check to be sure your system isn’t operating harder than it needs to. Take a peek at your thermostat and consider installing a new one. A smart thermostat uses multiple sensors around the home to check temperatures in different locations to ensure the entire home is comfortable. A house fan installed in an attic can also be beneficial in certain times of the year to help control the buildup of hot air and make the house easier to heat and cool overall.
Another big thing to check is your windows checking for signs of damage or leaks. If your windows are letting air leak freely into or out of your home, your HVAC system will have a harder time keeping the temperature where you want it as outside temperatures will have much more effect on the inside. While damaged windows are easy to spot, be sure to periodically check for breezes or other signs of air leaks while the HVAC system is off to make sure that you don’t have any unwanted air exchanges going on.
No one wants to have to call an HVAC technician on an emergency call because their system is out, especially during the coldest part of winter or heat of the summer. Periodic maintenance can keep this situation at bay and many HVAC professionals offer a yearly maintenance inspection type service to keep it in top shape all year round. If you need a professional to establish your service routine and make sure your HVAC system is inspected and working as needed, feel free to give us a call. We have connections with many professionals for all of your home and real estate needs. We go beyond buying and selling your home and want to be your real estate resource for life.