The HVAC system keeps indoor air temperatures comfortable all year round. It’s controlled by the thermostat and relies on many parts to function properly. Unfortunately, bad habits can take a toll on an HVAC system and lead to expensive breakdowns. Here are a few habits to avoid.
- Poorly-Placed Furniture
If furniture is blocking an air vent, it will be harder to cool or heat the room. As a result, the HVAC system will have to expend more energy to get the job done.
Do yourself a favor and walk around your home to check for blocked air vents. Move furniture out of the way and take a moment to clean the vents of dust and other debris.
- Forgetting To Replace Air Filters
Air filters remove bacteria, pollen, pet dander, and other harmful pollutants from the air to ensure you and your family are breathing in clean air. Over time, air filters become clogged and it becomes harder for clean air to pass through. As a result, the HVAC system has to work harder to circulate air throughout the home, driving up monthly energy costs and adding unnecessary wear and tear to the system.
Set reminders to replace air filters once every three to four months to keep your HVAC system in top condition.
- Overusing The Thermostat
Avoid turning your system on and off every day. Set a temperature for daytime and only adjust before going to sleep. This will ensure your system works efficiently with minimal interruptions.
- Falling Behind On Maintenance
Routine maintenance is key to an HVAC system’s long-term health. A few times a year, be sure to clean and clear drains, inspect lines and ducts, clean the condenser and heat pump, inspect and lubricate moving parts, replace batteries, and inspect insulation. If HVAC maintenance is not something you have time for, call Blue Apple Electric for a professional inspection and maintenance.
- Risky DIY Repairs
Some HVAC repairs are best handled by the professionals. Wiring issues, problems with the condenser or compressor, and leaky ducts are all jobs for trained HVAC technicians. Don’t take the risk and call in the pros, instead.