Now that summer has ended, and fall is here, it is time to start getting your home ready for the fall and winter months. Let Broadview Heating and Air Conditioning help you with these HVAC maintenance tips for your home.
First, seek out your local licensed HVAC company to come perform a professional HVAC inspection.
A qualified HVAC contractor should inspect your HVAC system in your home or your business at least twice a year. This inspection is to look for any potential issues and make sure that your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible. The HVAC inspection involves checking filters, belts, motors, inspecting electrical switches, gas pressure, contacts, refrigerant levels and safety switches.Sign up for an HVAC maintenance agreement.
A year round HVAC maintenance agreement is a good way to keep your system at peak performance all year long.
Having an HVAC maintenance agreement not only gives you the advantage of priority service in the event of a last minute system failure, but it is also to make sure that your checkups are done on schedule. This agreement saves you money in the long run.
Clean or replace air filters.
If you have not cleaned or changed your air filters in your HVAC systems in a long time, fall is the perfect time to do this. This should be done on a monthly basis. Dirty HVAC filters restrict airflow and reduce the entire efficiency of the HVAC system.
Calibrate your thermostat.
Correct calibration greatly enhances the efficiency of your heating system.
Purchase a digital programmable thermostat.
A digital programmable thermostat enables you to control the cooling and heating of your home or office. You can easily set the thermostat at different temperatures for different times of the day. Using this type of thermostat typically reduces your heating cost by 20-75%.
Replace your HVAC system.
What is the age of your heating system? You should consider the age of your system before you do anything. Heating systems more than 10 years old are only running at 50-60% efficiency. As a result, you should consider replacing the whole HVAC system. Today, gas furnaces available in the market boast of efficiency ratings that are as high as 97%.
Adjust the supply register.
Remember, cold air falls and hot air rises. When the weather cools, you should open a few of the supply registers on the first floor and close a few on the second floor. This will facilitate the heating of your home or office in a more efficient way.
In addition, here are a few more ways you can money this fall and winter on your utility bills.
Maintain a regular annual maintenance schedule for your home or business. Use curtains to keep warm air inside. Be sure that the vents and ducts in your home are clean and that air is circulating freely. Be sure to seal any energy leaks around windows, doors, and other openings. Ensure that your thermostat is working properly.