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How to Get the Most Out of Your HVAC Systems

Published on: May 15, 2019

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Everyone is different when it comes to their comfort level and preferred temperature. When it comes to the heat and the cold, the ideal setting is one where you don’t have to worry about your HVAC systems one bit, other than the maintenance. That’s because when we are comfortable, then you never have a reason to mess with the systems in the first place!

Yes, we mean multiple systems, and not just the one. That’s because each system was built with a similar purpose in mind, and they all work together to ensure you live at a comfortable temperature no matter what time of the year it is. These methods of getting the most out of your HVAC systems will cover multiple units, regardless of their type.

Method 1: Consider the thermostats

This is the biggest way to tell if you are using too much or too little energy to get the heating or cooling job done. Paying attention to the thermostat is going to be the best way to optimize your HVAC system.

  • This part’s often forgotten despite how easy it is to take care of: changing the batteries. If these are what your HVAC’s thermostat runs on, replacing these once a year will help make sure the system doesn’t stop working due to dead batteries.
  • Several thermostats now come in digital form, offering you lots of programming options and automatic settings for energy saving when you’re not home. Changing the temperature too much, however, will cost you more energy and money than it would if you leave it alone. Rule of thumb: if you’re leaving the building at any point, try not to turn the thermostat any more than 3 degrees—in either direction—at a time.

Method 2: Understand energy ratings

Anytime you invest in a new HVAC system, whether it’s the furnace, a new air conditioner, or a heat pump, each unit comes with a customized efficiency rating. Be sure to pay attention to these measurements as they indicate how efficiently the unit will use its fuel, whether it’s gas, oil, or electricity. A good resource to learn about energy ratings is from your technician; we’re educated on the latest and best energy ratings for our clients (we have to be, so they get the units they need, not just what’s popular on the market). We’re also educated on several other topics relating to HVAC; seriously, it never hurts to ask us questions if you’ve got them!

Method 3: Ensure there are no air leaks

You should always check the windows and door frames in your home to make sure there are no air leaks or damaged parts where air can escape or blow into. This will ensure you are not letting warm air escape in the winter and blow hot air in by accident in the summer. Seal any potential weaknesses where a draft can occur. Some likely areas include your windowpanes, the patio door (if you have one), and the gaps under your doors. Other airflow leaks could come from your ductwork; fixing this will require some extra help from your technician.

Method 4: Maintenance is key

Checking on the air filters in your units regularly will ensure you have continually flowing fresh air throughout your home. As the weather grows warmer, it is recommended you check on the filter every month, particularly if your home is prone to heavy dust buildup or if you own house pets. Replacing it every three months is recommended for best airflow.

Other regular maintenance tasks is also strongly advised to ensure your HVAC system is working at its most efficient, such as checking on components, cleaning out areas that tend to dirty the most, keeping outdoor debris away from your units, and scheduling a tune-up from your technician once a year.

Method 5: Know when it’s time to replace, not repair

A lot of factors can determine when it’s really time to replace the HVAC unit outright as opposed to repairing it and calling it a day. If you also find that certain components, such as the thermostat, are faulty on more than one occasion, or that your energy bills keep going up and up despite your best efforts to save energy, it’s time for a replacement and it’s time to call in the professionals.

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