With the winter vacations around the corner and colder months approaching, this time is ideal for a routine check for HVAC maintenance. By doing routine checks for the Heating and Air Conditioning system, mainly in fall and winter, you can reduce the total energy consumption by the system.
HVAC also known as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioner, is a system that is generally used in our homes. This system provides a comfortable atmosphere to live in. Its main aim is to provide thermal comfort and an acceptable quality of air for the inside of our house.
It is very important to regularly check each and every electronic appliance and system at home. By doing this we can reduce the energy consumption by almost half and this will also help in the long-running of the systems and appliances.
HVAC Preventative Maintenance Tips
Here are a few preventive maintenance tips you can consider for your HVAC system during the fall or winter seasons.
Replace or Clean Air Filters
The dirt and dust deposit in the air filters of your HVAC works as a barrier for the airflow and finally restricts the flow of air. The air filters need to be cleaned every 3 months. If you have not cleaned it for a long time, then it can be blocking the path of the air. Consider cleaning the air filters. Manuals generally have the process given for cleaning. Clean the filters for better airflow. If you still feel the airflow is being blocked then consider changing your air filters to be safe.
Unblock and Clean Vents
Just like the air filters need cleaning similarly your HVAC vents need cleaning too. Regular cleaning of your vents will help you get rid of all kinds of dust and dirt. Once the vents are absolutely clean and tidy it will then make sure that no dirt or dust is entering your HVAC system. This is because once dirt and dust start entering your HVAC system it will then get circulated to your home. So it is best to keep your vents clean at all times. Also, take some time and check the vent blocking. This means check for things that may block your vent and remove them.
Home heating equipment causes more than 50,000 house fires every year. So it is very important to keep your family safe. To prevent house fire make sure you keep items that could burn far away from your heating source. Not only this, try not to keep space heaters unattended, do not plug space heaters into extension cords, and think of installing smoke detectors at home. Doing these simple things you will be one step ahead of keeping your family safe and sound.
With time the working capacity of every piece of equipment fades away and slows down. Consider checking the age of your HVAC system. HVAC systems that are more than 10 years old are only 45% efficient and can consume huge amounts of energy. Replace your HVAC system with a new one. This will be more efficient and will help you reduce your electricity bills.
HVAC Professional Inspector
It is always good to get professional help. For the winter and fall seasons, it is best to call an HVAC professional. In this way, the inspector will be able to inspect your Heating and Air Condition system better and can tell you what exactly you need to change, replace, or clean. When you consider calling a professional, also think about the service. A servicing will help your HVAC system work efficiently and easily. This is a very good way of maintaining your HVAC system. With this, your system will work for more days without any disturbance and problem.
By putting in a little effort and time in checking whether the HVAC system is working smoothly or not the energy consumption of the system can be reduced. Mostly cooling and heating systems account for almost 48% of the total energy consumption that goes into the typical home making it the largest energy expense. Regular checking can help in reducing the electricity bills and long-running of the HVAC system.