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The 7 HVAC Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Not only does June mark the start of summer, but it’s also National Homeownership Month! We thought this was a great time to offer some helpful tips on keeping your home’s HVAC systems working all year. Whether you’re a new homeowner or a seasoned pro, read on for our HVAC tips that every homeowner should know.

Know Your HVAC System

Do you know your home’s HVAC systems? It’s an essential part of homeownership, yet even people who have been in their homes for years can get mixed up on the systems they have. Many homes have central air conditioning systems or ductless mini-split systems for cooling. As for heat, you’ll need to see if you have a heat pump system, a furnace, or a boiler. Here’s a hint: Typically, you have a furnace if your home has ducts or air vents. However, if you have radiators, you have a boiler.

(Photo by Mitsubishi Electric)

Change your Air Filters

Changing your air filters is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your home’s HVAC systems running efficiently and save up to 15% of your energy usage. Regular replacements also keep your home’s air cleaner. We recommend monthly replacements during the heating season and every three months during the rest of the year.

(Photo by Mitsubishi Electric)

Schedule Pre-Season Maintenance

Seasonal maintenance ensures your HVAC systems are running efficiently and minimizing energy usage. Routine maintenance also increases your system’s lifespan and avoids costly repairs and replacements. Schedule an appointment to have your system serviced before the busy summer season to ensure you’re good before the worst of the heat sets in. Schedule your seasonal maintenance today.

Keep your Vents Clear

Your HVAC system distributes temperature evenly throughout your home. If you close your vents or have any obstructions in the way, then your system will strain to reach living spaces, making it less efficient. Clear away any blockages from your vents, such as heavy furniture, so your system can run smoothly. Regularly cleaning your home’s vents prevents dust and debris from building up, so you breathe in less allergen-filled air.

Woman cleaning return air vent with duster

Clean your Outdoor HVAC Unit

Another way to maintain your system’s efficiency and lifespan is to clear the outdoor unit. Remove leaves, dirt, and debris when mowing or raking your yard.

Outdoor HVAC unit of a heat pump

(Photo by Mitsubishi Electric)

Get a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled and can regulate your home’s heating and cooling settings for optimum efficiency.  Since you can control these thermostats remotely, you can set your home’s temperature from anywhere, even if you’re out. Also, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, smart thermostats can save you up to 10% yearly on energy bills.

Woman setting her wall hanging smart thermometer using her smartphone
(Photo by Ecobee)

Upgrade to a New Energy-Efficient HVAC System

There are a few ways to identify if you need a new HVAC system. On your energy bill, if you notice an increase in your energy consumption even if your usage is unchanged, it could be a sign something is wrong. The average HVAC system lasts between 15 and 25 years. If you’re noticing your system is struggling and isn’t as efficient as it once was, don’t wait until it crashes on the hottest day of the year. Get in touch if you’re ready for a new system.
Two HVAC technicians installing an interior heat pump wall unit

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