As with most New Year resolutions, HVAC resolutions can only benefit you if you keep them. If you do, they will help you save money, improve your home’s comfort and prolong the life of your HVAC system.
Although you’re bound to think of some of your own HVAC New Year resolutions, here are a few to get you started.
1. Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Having your system inspected and tuned up by a trained professional on a regular basis can actually benefit you in a number of ways. Not only does it ensure that your heater functions effectively, so that you can live in comfort when the coldest weather of the year hits, but it also allows your system to do so in as efficient a manner as possible. Only when every component within that system is functioning properly, after all, can your system do its job with as little energy expenditure as possible. Plus, keeping it in great shape can help to ensure that it enjoys as long and productive a lifespan as possible. Schedule heating maintenance before winter is fully underway.
2. Keep the Heat in With Insulation
A poorly insulated home loses heat in winter via conduction through the walls, ceiling, floors, and attic. This occurs because heat travels towards cooler temperatures, which means warmed indoor air will seek the colder outdoor air. Without good insulation, this process is unimpeded.
3. Prevent Warm Air from Escaping Through Leaks
Look for air leaks by conducting a visual inspection for leaks around pipes or ductwork entering the home, around window and door frames, flues, and fireplace dampers. You can also check for leaks that aren’t so visible, such as drafts beneath baseboards, by holding a stick of lit incense close to the area, and by having your HVAC contractor conduct a test for air leaks, called a blower door test.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one. They are inexpensive and, when used correctly, they can help bring significant savings on your utility bills. Program the thermostat to lower energy usage during times when the family is sleeping or away from home.
5. Change Your Filter
Changing an HVAC filter is easy, inexpensive, and the single most important thing you can do to keep your HVAC system running right for many, many years. Yet, surprisingly, very few homeowners bother with this task more than a couple of times a year. If you use a low quality air filter, it should be changed monthly; you can change a good quality pleated filter every three months.
To help keep your HVAC New Year resolutions for 2016, please contact us at Cool Connections, Inc., providing quality HVAC service to Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities.