You love your air conditioner in the summer, right? You love your heater in the winter, right? Well, you should. These taken-for-granted devices provide you the ideal indoor atmosphere year-round no matter what the weather conditions are outdoors. In fact, for those with health issues, an HVAC system is pretty much mandatory. There are several things you should be looking at in terms of your HVAC system. First, you should purchase the correct unit for your home. Then, you should make sure it is installed correctly. Lastly, you’ll want to provide routine maintenance to prevent future problems.
It is important that you choose the right-sized equipment for your home when purchasing an HVAC system. A trained HVAC expert should be able to tell you what type of unit will work best for your home. If you have a unit that is too small, the system will constantly be working overtime to try to get to the optimal temperature you’ve set on your thermostat. If your unit is too large, the operating costs can be extravagant. Make sure it is installed properly and by trained professionals. This will prevent future damage and ensure the system is running efficiently. Once installed and operational, consider signing a maintenance agreement or service contract with a reputable HVAC company to ensure proper maintenance is provided to the overall HVAC system. If you want to avoid the following 5 common HVAC system problems, routine maintenance by a trained HVAC professional will be the answer you’ve been looking for.
- Drain – Your system must drain in order to operate correctly. If your pan is overflowing or your drainage tube is clogged, you can see significant water damage to your household.
- Moving Parts – There are lots of small moving parts that make up your HVAC system. These moving parts are an integral part of the day-to-day operation of your system. Routine maintenance will be able to detect if pulleys or other small mechanical parts are not functioning properly. Just because your AC or heat is turned on, doesn’t mean your system is running the way it should.
- Air Flow – Your system needs to breathe in order to operate. Filters and ducts can become clogged with dust, pollen, pollutants, mold, mildew, and more. The clogging can lead to an inefficient system that’s working too hard to force air back into your home. This strain on the system means you will need to replace it sooner rather than later, and it means you’re throwing dollars out the window.
- Ducts – Any issues with your ducts can cause your energy bill to skyrocket up by 2 or 3 times the price. If you have an HVAC system that runs on ducts, make sure they are cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. If you are currently in the market to purchase a new HVAC system, consider using a ductless system.
- Efficiency – Efficiency is the answer to all your problems. If you have an efficient system, you’re saving money and energy. In addition, because your system is not having to strain as hard to provide you the climate you want, the equipment will last longer with fewer repairs. If you have an inefficient system, it may be time to upgrade to an energy efficient model. There are several federal and local government tax credits and incentive programs that, coupled with your savings on your energy bills, could ultimately pay for the system entirely.