HVAC System Resolutions This Year
You don’t want to kick off the new year with a bunch of HVAC system problems, so it’s time to make resolutions. Sure, maybe resolutions seem frivolous, but establishing a few must-do goals for home heating will go a long way in ensuring the coming twelve months offer you comfort and security like never before.
You see, there are plenty of things that can go wrong if you don’t properly prepare for heating emergencies. Besides poor system efficiency that can lead to increased spending on energy bills, you may experience hot and cold spots throughout the house and frequent system breakdowns. Unfortunately, outdated electrical that isn’t properly attended to can also cause safety hazards, particularly when you’re trying to heat your home when it’s cold outside.
On the other hand, adhering to HVAC resolutions can reduce your monthly spending on energy bills, extend the lifespan of your home’s heating system, and improve the safety of your family by reducing or eliminating fire hazards. Beyond this, well-maintained HVAC systems eliminate hot and cold spots in homes, providing consistent heating for any and all of your creature comfort needs.
Although no resolution is one-size-fits-all, there are certain essential elements your home needs in order to operate at a healthy and efficient level. To help you along, we’ve compiled this list of HVAC resolutions (and the reasons behind each promise):
1. I will call for an annual heating tune-up.
Think of your HVAC system like your car; it runs just fine most of the time, but just because you can’t hear sputters and grinds, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get an oil change. It’s important to be aware that every company considers different elements as part of a standard tune-up, so it’s important that you ask (and understand) what your potential HVAC company will be doing before you sign on the line. Some elements might include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Checking the entire system for blockages or leaks;
- Analyzing combustion gases;
- Checking the seal at the blower access door;
- Inspecting the heat exchanger for corrosion;
- Checking the burners for proper ignition;
- Analyzing an amp-draw test
2. I will change air filters monthly.
Dirt happens; it’s a part of life. Even the most spotless of homes have dust and mites in the midst. Allergens can quickly accumulate in air filters, which can cause particular problems if you or your guests are sensitive to elements floating in the air. Changing air filters monthly avoids excessive buildup of dirt, dust, and dander that can decrease your home’s air quality.
3. I will install a programmable thermostat.
Who doesn’t want a little extra money in their pockets? Programmable thermostats exist on the green side of life for two reasons: They enhance your home’s energy efficiency, and they save money on energy expenses. The key here? Avoid the pitfalls that could result in zero savings by understanding how to make your programmable thermostat make money for you.
4. I will call for help as soon as I notice a problem.
Like anything else in life, the longer a problem persists, the worse it’s likely to get. In concerns of HVAC problems, you could be looking at substantial expenses if you let improperly functioning equipment go on for too long. What may begin as a simple maintenance item could ultimately affect any number of attributes in your HVAC system.
5. I will keep a safe distance from the HVAC system.
There are plenty of dangers involved with the heating and electrical elements of an HVAC system. Avoid unnecessary injuries by seeking assistance from experienced, knowledgeable HVAC professionals.
6. I will seal any air leaks.
A chilly breeze is only one culprit that can cause air leaks to be a big problem. Air leaks can also lead to moisture problems in your home, contribute to poor air quality, and cause higher-than-necessary energy bills.
7. I will do my research before hiring the right technician.
An omission of due diligence when HVAC maintenance and repairs are due can be a costly error for any number of reasons. Before you hand over your credit card to a technician who may not be right for you, be sure you’ve done your research so you know what you’re getting.
8. I will check the furnace’s pilot light.
Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to your furnace’s pilot light. A properly functioning pilot light should be lit at all times, helping to protect your family from gas leaks. When the pilot light is out, it could result in serious health and safety concerns.
The following are just a few reasons pilots lights may go out:
- Loose or broken gas valves, thermocouples, or heat exchangers
- Faulty venting
- Low gas pressure
- High winds
9. I will eliminate dirt, dust, and debris from the furnace.
Debris and dust in your furnace cause a number of problems. Besides adding allergens to your home’s air, a dirty furnace could malfunction or experience a lower lifespan as a result of dirt build-up on important parts. Consider the heat a furnace produces, dirt and debris could also present a fire hazard.
10. I will check for signs of carbon monoxide.
When inhaled in large amounts, carbon monoxide can be fatal. Carbon monoxide detectors are just as important as smoke detectors. Be sure to check the batteries annually, and have a certified technician check your home professionally at least once a year, too.
11. I will upgrade to energy-efficient technology.
The benefits of upgrading are practically innumerable. With energy-efficient technology, your family will experience reduced energy bills and increased efficiency and safety.
It’s never too early to get started on your resolutions, and, with winter approaching, it’s better to check your HVAC maintenance boxes sooner than later. These resolutions are just the beginning of a well-cared-for heating and ventilation system. If you’re in need of assistance for your HVAC needs, be sure to contact our team of experts!
By following the above suggestions, your plumbing system should be able to handle the additional demands placed on it without negatively impacting your enjoyment of the holidays.