New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System
The flurry of the holidays has passed and a new year is around the corner. It’s time to reflect and set those resolutions. Eat healthy. Lose weight. Join a gym. The list can go on and on.
Most of us will focus on personal growth going into 2018, and overlook ways that we can improve our everyday lives. Don’t worry, we took on the task and compiled a list of home maintenance resolutions to improve the efficiency and performance of your HVAC system in the New Year!
#1- Monthly air filter checks
When was the last time you thought to change your air filter? A dirty air filter will restrict airflow, making your HVAC system work harder and reducing efficiency. Most air filters should be changed or cleaned at least once per month, depending on your location & level of use. Set a reminder on your phone at the beginning of each month to check the air filters. This will ensure air quality and efficiency are always in peak condition.
#2- Plan ahead
Your heating and cooling equipment is a major household appliance that requires specialized maintenance to run efficiently. A technician should clean, lubricate, and inspect your equipment at least once a year. An annual inspection also allows the technician to check that your HVAC system is running smoothly and that there are no immediate repair needs. Schedule a maintenance appointment during the spring or fall to extend the life of your equipment and avoid costly repairs.
#3- Seal your ductwork
A leaky air duct is a main culprit of losing energy in the home. Take some time to inspect your ductwork and search for leaks. Even the tiniest leak or gap can cost you in lost energy. If you find anything, a quick fix with sealant or tape can buy you some time. But make sure to call an HVAC professional for a long-term solution. Avoiding energy loss throughout the year will help keep your energy bills low.
#4- Upgrade to an energy-efficient HVAC system
If you are serious about your resolution to save energy, you may want to invest in a more energy-efficient HVAC system. This is especially important if your current system is a bit over the hill. But make sure to do your research, and consult with a HVAC professional before making a final choice. An experienced technician can recommend the best size and type of equipment to meet your indoor air quality and home comfort needs.
With over three decades of service throughout all of Orange County, the dedicated and experienced team at Alps will ensure your HVAC system is operating in prime condition for 2018.
To get your HVAC system checked out, please contact us at 800-994-2577.