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HVAC Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

HVAC Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

As a homeowner, there are a lot of things to worry about around the house. From plumbing to electricity to air quality to temperature, it’s a lot to manage. It can be hard to learn all you can about these various systems, which is why we want to help.

Since we’re the experts when it comes to home comfort, we want to give you some tips to manage your HVAC in the most effective and efficient way possible. Read on for helpful information on keeping your HVAC running smoothly.

Change Your Air Filters Regularly

One of the best ways to maintain your air conditioning and heating system is to change out the air filters. The general time frame is every 30 to 90 days, but this varies depending on your home size, system, and use.

Air filters are a key component of the HVAC system. They remove harmful particles like dust from the air as it passes through the unit, keeping your air clean and comfortable. When the filter gets clogged, it can hinder airflow, making your air conditioner or furnace work harder. This drives up your energy bills and increases wear and tear on your system.

Changing out the filters requires only a few minutes of your time and can save you money!

Keep the System Clean

Since so much air passes through your system, and with your AC unit having a portion outdoors, it’s inevitable that it will get dirty. Cleaning your system is easy, with just some wiping down or dusting.

Check your outdoor unit for any fallen branches or leaves that may be stuck inside. These may damage the fan or prevent airflow, so it’s best to remove them. Plus, you can wipe down the sides of the unit to remove any dirt that has built up.

Inside, wipe down your air vents to remove dust. You can even take a vacuum to the vent opening and clear out any area you can reach.

Manage Your Temperature

The way you manage your home temperature has a major impact both on your comfort and your system efficiency. The recommended indoor temperature for maximum efficiency is 78 degrees.

When you leave home, adjust the temperature up or down depending on the season. This will save you money, as you won’t be cooling or heating an empty home! And if you upgrade to a smart thermostat, this process can happen much easier and will be more precise.

Also, if you get home and it’s really hot inside, resist the temptation to crank the AC until it cools down. Set the thermostat to the temperature you usually have and maybe run some fans to help circulate air.

Don’t Skip Annual Maintenance

If your HVAC system is running smoothly, you may wonder why it’s necessary to have a professional perform a tune-up every year. But a tune-up is exactly what your system needs before being used on a daily basis! Trust us, the nominal cost of a tune-up is much less than that of a major repair when your system fails.

An HVAC technician will do a complete overview of your system and make sure it is running smoothly, and figure out any areas of improvement. They’ll check all connections, wiring, component stability, and more. When they’re done, your unit will work like new! This is crucial for maintaining efficiency and reducing the chance of significant breakdowns during the peak season.

Keeping You Comfortable

When you want your home to be at peak comfort, the team at Comfort Experts Inc. is here to help. Our expert technicians will ensure your HVAC system is running at peak efficiency. Call us today at (817) 587-8859 to set up your annual tune-up.

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