Essential HVAC Tips for Homeowners

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HVAC Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed

When it comes to maintaining your HVAC system, you don’t have to wait until a certain time or season to keep up your unit. Even on the hottest days or coldest nights, you should always be aware of how to maintain your HVAC unit so that you can get through a quick fix and know when to call a professional for help.

Here are some tips you didn’t know you needed, and can always come in handy to save you time and money on replacing your HVAC unit.

1. Replace Air Filters Regularly

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is not replacing their air filters. Change your filters regularly to avoid the buildup of allergens, dust, pollen, and pet dander. Buildup can cause respiratory problems for you and your family and can also end up costing you more money on your energy bill. Your HVAC unit will work harder to suck in enough air to circulate air throughout your home if your air filters are dirty.

2. Clean Your Ducts

If your home is new, or if you’ve been living there for a while, you should check your ductwork and clean it. If your ducts are dirty, you may notice that your home seems dusty and your HVAC system may be working harder than it should.

3. Keep Your Unit Clean

Properly maintaining your HVAC system includes making sure the unit itself is clean and clear of debris. Since your unit is outside, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to clean it from time to time in order to ensure functionality. Keep the unit clear of tree limbs, built-up grass and dirt, and anything else you see to expand the lifespan of your unit.

4. Leave Vents Open

A simple but sure way to keep your unit in tip-top shape is to leave the air vents open. Some homeowners believe that by closing air vents, they can save money on energy costs — this is not the case. Closing air vents can cause your unit to build up pressure and block off cool air that will lower your unit’s performance.

If you want your unit to perform at its best, leave the vents open for sufficient airflow and keep the vents free from anything that could block the air from releasing. If you want to save money on energy costs, try installing blackout curtains, closing your blinds and shades, or only using your ceiling fans on days when it’s not too warm outside.

5. Keep Your Thermostat at a Constant Temperature

Finding the optimal temperature for your personal comfort and keeping your thermostat set to that temperature can help your HVAC unit last longer. One of the most recommended energy-efficient temperatures is 78°F to keep your home comfortable enough and keep your energy bill low.

6. Install a Wifi Capable Thermostat

If you don’t already have one, you should consider hiring a professional to install a wifi-capable thermostat that allows you to control the airflow and temperature of the air in your home even while you’re away. The less work your HVAC unit has to do, the better and a wifi-capable thermostat can help you maintain temperature levels while you’re away from home.

7. Get Regular Professional Maintenance

If you want a professional to help you maintain your HVAC system, our team at Moody Heating & Air Conditioning would be more than happy to do the work for you! We understand that it’s not always easy to keep up with maintaining an HVAC unit, so we’re here to provide you with regular maintenance, repairs, and installations!

Give us a call at (316) 444-1019 today to schedule your maintenance appointment!