You rely on your heating and cooling system to keep you comfortable all year, even when the outside temperature soars to 95 degrees or plummets to 10 below. But how can you ensure that your equipment will perform properly when you need it most? If you want your home to remain comfortable all year long, make a thorough check of your system on a regular basis. Doing so will enable you to find and correct any problems that may prevent your equipment from working at optimal capacity.
How can you get the most out of your heating & cooling system?
- Check your manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines. These guidelines specify an annual inspection for the furnace and another for the air conditioner. At the same time, you can check any accessory items, i.e. humidifiers, high efficiency filters, etc. and have your water heater checked as well.
- Contact a professional HVAC service technician for routine maintenance.
- Consider an annual service agreement.
- Do a home performance assessment to identify savings opportunities and make sure you home’s HVAC system doesn’t have to work too hard to maintain comfort because of deficiencies in the construction of your home.
Whether your equipment is old or new, top of the line or standard issue, its manufacturer will advise you to check, and then clean or change, the air filter on a regular basis. This action is perhaps the most important routine activity to keep your system in good operating condition.
A clean filter is the number one way for homeowners to increase the efficiency of their heating and cooling system. With a few exceptions, replacement filters are inexpensive and available through your HVAC contractor or even at your local home improvement store. We often see customers not using the correct filter. Often homeowners simply assume that the slot provided for the filter is the correct size and that is often not the case. Additionally, many customers purchase expensive, high-efficiency filters for their system in an attempt to be healthier. Sometimes these filters are too restrictive or undersized for the application. System airflow is then choked and this damages the equipment, reduces comfort and increases energy consumption. By trying to be healthier, the customer has created more problems. Please ask your professional heating contractor which filter is best for your system and what size is correct for your installation.
To make it easier to remember to accomplish this task, many digital programmable thermostats conveniently indicate when the filter needs to be changed—usually based on runtime. Some more advanced units actually can measure when the filter is clogged and needs to be replaced. If yours does not, examine the filter twice a year at a minimum—as summer and winter approach—to see if it’s still in good shape. Pets and children can increase the number of filter changes per year due to extra activity in your home. Our recommendation is to have your professional contractor recommend how often your filter should be changed or cleaned based on your lifestyle, the type of filter and your system.
For more help getting the most out of your HVAC system, contact us today at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. Our trained technicians are standing by to serve all of your heating and cooling needs.