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4 Maintenance Tips That Will Save Your HVAC

Your HVAC unit is one of the most important parts of your home. When it works right, you don’t even remember it exists. When it stops working or doesn't work as well, it becomes a major point of frustration. Follow these tips to ensure your HVAC remains in great shape.

1. Clean Filters and Ducts

One of the simplest methods of keeping your HVAC system in working condition is to clean out the air filters. Your units will have disposable paper filters, which you can throw out and replace when they get dirty, or reusable metal filters, which can be cleaned with a hose.

Over time, these filters will collect dust and debris as air flows. The more they collect, the less air can freely flow through them. The frequency at which you replace your filters depends on many factors, like usage, home size, and whether you have pets. Set a reminder to check the filter monthly, and replace it if necessary.

If you have ducts delivering air throughout your home, you should also have them cleaned to remove debris and dust. Dirty ducts can hinder airflow, which results in a higher energy cost as your system works to make up for it.

2. Switch to a Smart Thermostat

As technology improves, it will likely infiltrate most areas of our lives. Smart thermostats are among the most popular forms of home technology due to their cost-effectiveness, benefits, and convenience.

Imagine waking up, and you’re freezing because you turned the thermostat too low. Instead of rolling out of bed in the middle of the night, you could just reach for your phone, tap a few times, and wait for warmth. Similarly, smart thermostats allow you to set your home’s temperature from virtually anywhere (so long as you have internet access).

Smart thermostats can also give the convenience of pre-setting temperatures. If you like it colder at night, you can program the thermostat to drop a few degrees right before bed. Likewise, you can program it to bump back up a bit right before you wake up.

Convenience is not the only benefit. Smart thermostats can help save energy by fine-tuning your home’s temperature to your exact needs. If you left the heat on before leaving the house, you can quickly fix it and not waste money producing heat you won’t use.

3. Conduct Occasional Inspections

Your furnace and air conditioner are probably hidden away in an attic, basement, closet, garage, or another infrequently used part of your home. Set a reminder to occasionally check on these units to make sure they are running properly. Watch for any unusual noises, leaks, or performance irregularities.

During your inspection, also check the outside unit for your HVAC system. Since it is subject to the elements, there is a great deal of debris that can collect in the unit, which could cause damage. Take the time each season to cut back any foliage that may hang over the unit. Turn it off if you decide to clean out the center, and dispose of any leaves, branches, or other items.

4. Get Seasonal Maintenance

An HVAC professional can find and fix problems on a deeper level than the average homeowner. A technician can solve problems that would otherwise reduce your unit’s lifespan, cost you more money in energy, or lead to a breakdown.

You should have your HVAC units serviced each season before the temperature reaches its extreme. For cooling, this would be right before summer, and for heating, aim for early fall.

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