Most homeowners have a list a mile long of chores that need to be done around the house. While there is a lot that you can do to keep your HVAC system running at its best (like change your filter!) there are some things that are better addressed by a service technician.
These common mistakes can lead to expensive problems in the future:
- Installing your own thermostat. If you replace your thermostat with a programmable one, you can save money on your energy bills. But doing the installation yourself could cost you more in the long run. Not all thermostats work with all heating systems so it is important to pick one that will be compatible (heat pump and boiler systems especially). A trained technician can wire it correctly so your system works properly.
- Using air fresheners to cover up odors. If you have odors in your home, don’t try to cover them with air fresheners. Lingering odors or stale air are signs that you might have a problem with your indoor air quality. Installing an air cleaner, a high quality air filter or possibly even a fresh air ventilation system will give you better results than air fresheners.
- Not having maintenance on your HVAC system. Skipping the preventive maintenance on your furnace and air conditioner can lead to costly repairs and earlier equipment replacement. A well-maintained system runs more efficiently, which will save you money on your energy bills. Annual maintenance will keep your system working at its best and will fulfill the requirements of your equipment warranties.
- Purchasing a furnace or air conditioner that is too large. This mistake could be the most costly because in addition to paying more for a larger system, you will use more energy to run it. Assuming that bigger must be better also frequently leads to significant comfort issues.
- Installing your own HVAC equipment. There is a reason building departments require a permit/inspection after an HVAC installation. Making a small mistake here might not allow your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible. A big mistake could cause a dangerous situation for your family. Trained installers know how to properly set up your unit so it works correctly, safely and efficiently.
Knowing what you can do and what is best left to the professionals will save you time, money and frustration. If you have questions or concerns, contact the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.
Kim Nemecek works at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.