Your heating and air conditioning systems are the heart of your home. They keep you comfortable all year long, and account for most of your utility bills. We wanted to give you a few tips on how you can get the most out of your system, for the least amount of money in utility bills.
Regular Maintenance - If you do anything at all for your system, having it regularly serviced by a professional is probably the best solution. This will do a lot of things for your system. Most importantly a professional will make sure it is working. One of the most frustrating situations is when you finally need to turn on your heat or air conditioning and it isn't working.
Secondly, having regular service will ensure your system is running efficiently. If your system is using more energy than it should, it's also costing you more in utility bills.
A regular service will also prevent breakdowns, and lengthen the lifespan of your system. Just like having the oil changed on your car regularly, having service done to your HVAC system will keep it running smoothly for years to come.
Keep Your Vents Clear - Furniture in front of vents can be a problem for your HVAC system. If you have vents that are blocked, it makes it nearly impossible for the air to flow throughout your home the way the system was designed. It also backs the air up, causing harm to the system, and likely leaving a room or 2 not feeling as comfortable as the rest of your home. Make sure your furniture is in the proper places, away from your vents.
Solid Insulation - Insulation is one of the biggest keys to being efficient with energy, and keeping your home comfortable. Insulation keeps your home protected from the air outside, as well as keeps the air inside from leaking out. If you have air leaking out of your home, or air coming in, it's going to offset the work your HVAC system is doing to keep your home comfortable. This causes the system to work harder to compensate for this lost air, running the system into the ground, and sending your energy bills higher and higher. If you have a room in your home that never seems to be the right temperature, it may not be a problem with your system, it may not be properly insulated.
These are a few key factors when it comes to keeping your home comfortable, keeping your system working well for years, for the least amount of money. Your HVAC system is a big investment, and has a huge impact on your home. Don't just let it sit there for years and forget about it. Taking care of your system goes a long way to keeping your home a happy, comfortable place to be.
If you have any questions about your home comfort, or would like us to help out with these 3 steps to keeping your HVAC system in tip-top shape, give us a call at (585) 641-3080, or click here to schedule an appointment!