As the summer season has now transitioned into fall, you should start thinking about preparing your home–particularly your HVAC system–for the colder months of the year. Keep your preparations hassle-free by avoiding the following common HVAC mistakes, as heating and air conditioning contractor OK Heating shares in this blog.
Not Changing the Air Filter — Air filters help keep the air in your home clean by trapping indoor air pollutants, such as dust, pollen and other particles. Air filters need to be cleaned–or replaced, depending on the type–every three months, or monthly during seasons of heavy use. Neglecting clogged air filters can hinder airflow within your home, increasing the workload on your HVAC system. This will lead to reduced efficiency, premature failure and high energy bills.
Changing the Thermostat Settings — If you frequently change your HVAC settings, stop doing so now. HVAC companies like us here at OK Heating recommend sticking to a small range of temperatures instead of constantly changing the thermostat settings, which can put extra pressure on the HVAC system. If your home has hot or cold spots, chances are they’re caused by drafty windows or poor airflow, which are problems that should be addressed separately.
Neglecting Scheduled Maintenance — If you’ve had your HVAC system for a few years, you may already have some type of maintenance program with your HVAC contractor. If you do, be sure not to skip scheduled appointments. HVAC systems are subject to wear and tear, therefore problems such as dirty coils and worn-out refrigerant lines are to be anticipated. Regular maintenance coupled with timely repairs can help reduce repair costs, keep the HVAC system at peak efficiency and prolong its life span.
Turning Off Heating When You Go Out — You’ll be putting more strain on your HVAC system if you turn off the heat every time you leave the house. Keeping it running at reduced output will consume less electricity and minimize strain on your HVAC system. In addition, it won’t take as long to bring the room temperature back up to your usual setting when you return home. It also may be a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat such as a weekday-weekend model, if you follow such a routine. Or, for more control, consider a smart home setup.Call OK Heating for Your Fall Heating Needs