Do you know how important it is to have your HVAC system maintained? It can save you a lot of money in the long run. This article is going to focus on the benefits of HVAC preventative maintenance and how it can save you money.
1. A Dirty Filter
A clogged air filter can slow down the airflow and make your heater or air conditioner work harder to cool or heat your home. Cleaning the filter once a month will reduce the energy costs, extend the life of your furnace, and prevent breakdowns that can be costly to repair. Consult an expert for air filter maintenance. A dirty air filter can also damage your furnace by causing it to overheat. While a clogged air filter often results in a loss of airflow, a dirty fan can cause similar issues.
2. Problems with Furnace Ducts
Blocked or damaged furnace ducts reduce the airflow to different areas of your home and waste a substantial amount of expensive heated or cooled air. Ductwork should be checked periodically for holes, tears, or deterioration. It is recommended that you have an expert inspect your ducts at least once every 5-7 years to make sure they are in good condition. Prepare a preventive maintenance plan. You should also consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned.
3. Outdoor Coils
The outdoor coils on units are highly susceptible to the build-up of dirt, leaves, and other debris. This will cover the coils and prevent proper cooling, which can damage your system. It is recommended that you have an expert clean the outdoor coils at least once a year.
4. Thermostat Settings
A programmable thermostat can save you a lot of money on your energy costs. If you have a manual thermostat, it is recommended that you set your home’s heating and cooling system to the highest comfortable level when no one is at home for more than 4 hours. When everyone is at home during this time, adjust the temperature down to save money.
Insulating your attic can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, resulting in lower energy costs. Improperly insulated ducts will cause them to lose their heat or air conditioning too quickly, requiring your furnace or AC unit to work harder. Replacing your air duct insulation with high-quality materials can help keep the hot or cold air in, helping you save energy.