People with central heating through an older system often like to play the game where they see how long they can wait before turning the heat on. Meanwhile folks with a great heating, ventilation and air-conditioning HVAC system, know that they can be warm whenever they want with just a simple push of the button.
Unfortunately, that smug feeling quickly disappears when you turn your system on prepared to bask in your ensuing warm home, only to discover that you have a problem.
Whether you have a separate heating or cooling system, or one that will offer year round comfort, you should take the advice of your favorite HVAC company in Fredericksburg, with a few simple tips that will not only save you money but also increase the efficiency of your system.
Clean Those Filters!
It is surprising how many people only think to clean the very easily accessible filters for the HVAC system when there is a problem – usually when the airflow isn’t quite what they were expecting. Most modern systems have filters that can be popped out and cleaned with either a damp cloth or a vacuum cleaner. There are also systems that use replaceable filters, so if you have one of these you will need to make sure you have stocked up on replacement filters.
Your filters should be cleaned, or replaced, every month. If you don’t use your heating or AC a lot you may get away with replacing filters less often, but there is absolutely no harm in cleaning them monthly. If you have your unit on 24/7 then you will likely want to try cleaning your filters each week, particularly if you have pets. They really do suck in a lot of dust and it accumulates remarkably fast. The most dust particles that are stuck to your filter, the poorer your air quality and the less efficient your unit will be.
More than just cleaning your filters, you should also ensure that your whole unit gets a professional clean as part of the regular maintenance and service to reduce airborne bacteria and other microbes that can cause health concerns https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ina.12047.
Schedule Your Maintenance
This is another thing that many people put off, but getting your HVAC or furnace system regularly maintained by a professional (and certified) company can not only ensure that you always have a system that will work when you turn it on, but will also actually save you money. Inefficient heating or cooling will often cause a bigger drain on your power supply, meaning that you will be spending more to create a comfortable temperature than if you have an efficient system that is well maintained.
One of the other advantages to making sure that you have a regular maintenance schedule is that if you have a honest technician working with you they will be able to warn you if you are going to need repairs coming up (see here), meaning that you are less likely to get an emergency repair bill in the middle of a Fredericksburg snow storm or during a 90°F+ muggy heatwave.
Of course, these things still may happen, but if you have had the same firm maintain your unit for some time, then they are more likely to be able to diagnose the issue quickly and get you back up and running in a nice climate much faster.
Check Your Temperature
While you have your technician handily located, ask them if you have your unit set to operate in the best way for your circumstance. If you are finding that your home feels too hot or too cold at any point during the day or night, they may be able to offer advice on how to set your thermostat to automate a more comfortable, and consistent temperature. If you find that guests come in from the cold and instantly start taking off layers or come in from the heat and pull their collars up, you probably don’t have a comfortable internal temperature. Adjusting this will, again, save you money, as your unit won’t be having to work so hard at changing the temperature from the ambient temperature.