It’s time again for yearly resolutions. Unfortunately, most people don’t think of resolutions for their HVAC system. If they did, they could save money and time by keeping their system healthy and working optimally. Luckily, resolutions for an HVAC system are easy to keep. They require minimal effort, and a little bit goes a long way. Things like yearly maintenance, filter changes, and constant temperatures can work wonders on an HVAC system to keep it living a long and happy life.
A twice-yearly maintenance plan is one of the best things any homeowner can do for their home. Typically performed in the spring and the fall, these maintenance plans can help homeowners head off any issues, keep things running smoothly, and ensure that they aren’t surprised by an HVAC emergency. HVAC techs inspect every aspect of the system, clean off units, and ensure that homeowners are aware of any impending issues that need to be addressed. This helps to save money in the long run by being proactive.
Air filters are an essential part of a properly functioning HVAC system. They keep the air inside the home clean and clear of dust, pollen, and other small airborne particles. But the more particles they trap, the more dense they get. And as they get denser, the system has to work harder to push the air through the filter and out to the home. If the filter isn’t changed regularly, it can stress the system’s components and cause unnecessary problems.
This can also cause other problems in the home. It can make it so that the air doesn’t get through to all the parts of the house, causing cold pockets in the winter and warm ones in the summer. An overused filter can also provide a place for mold and bacteria to grow, which can cause respiratory issues for those in the house.
Many people don’t realize that it can put undue stress on the system when homeowners mess with their interior temperature. When the heater shuts off, and someone in the home decides they want the temperature higher, they turn the thermostat up. When the heater turns back on immediately, and this happens often, it throws efficiency out the window. This not only can wear out a system quicker than normal, but it can also increase the energy bill.
This may lead people to think that keeping the temperature the same even when they’re not home is the way to go, but this isn’t the case. The 8-hour rule should be followed in this case. When homeowners are away from the house for 8-hour or more, they should turn the thermostat down 10 to 12-degrees in the winter and 8 to 10 degrees in the summer. Of course, this is easier with a programmable thermostat for those who have trouble remembering to change the temperature.
Rosenthal Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Southeast Wisconsin since 1995. They provide excellent workmanship and customer service on every job. They offer flat-rate pricing and fast turnaround times. Contact them today for expert HVAC maintenance across Southeast Wisconsin.