Bad HVAC System Habits To Avoid
Bad HVAC System Habits To Avoid
Your HVAC System is one of the biggest investments in your home you will make. Having this in mind, it is important your HVAC system is working properly and efficiently. The simplest way to accomplish this is by not neglecting your system and to make sure you are properly maintaining it. Unfortunately, there are common HVAC system bad habits to avoid because of the negative impact they make have on your system. To help ensure you are properly taking care of your system, read below to find out what common HVAC system bad habits you should avoid.
Neglecting to Replace Your Filter
Your air filter should be replaced at least once a month. A dirty air filter can cause a lot of different issues with the HVAC system. If a filter is left for too long it can become clogged with dust restricting airflow and causing your unit to have to work harder to cool or heat your home causing an increase in your energy bills. Furthermore, a clogged filter will also stop catching debris and dust allowing it to get into your system which could lead to costly damage.
It is important to keep your HVAC system on a routine maintenance schedule. At the very least once in the spring and once in the fall. We can help you determine a schedule that works best for you and your home. Routine maintenance helps ensure your system runs properly and efficiently and helps catch minor issues before they cause a complete breakdown. Skipping maintenance can lead to premature wear and tear leading you to have to replace your system earlier than expected.
You never want to ignore smaller issues even if they are not causing a serious problem when running your HVAC system. A small issue will only get worse as time goes by leading to a much more costly repair or a complete breakdown. It is always best practice for your HVAC system and yourself to promptly take care of any small issues as they arise by a professional.
Trying to Repair Your System Yourself
While you may think a DIY repair can save you money on HVAC repairs, making any mistake could lead to a more catastrophic expensive repair.The best you can do for your HVAC system is to contact a professional at LA Construction Heating and Air so the repair is fixed properly. HVAC systems are complicated and if you do not have the knowledge, training, or expertise you do not want to attempt any DIY repairs.
Blocking Airflow Or Closing Vents
For your system to heat or cool your home efficiently,proper airflow is required. A common bad HVAC system habit to avoid is closing your vents. Closing vents does not save you energy in fact it causes an increase in pressure in your duct system that leads to leakage and increased energy usage. Furthermore to ensure proper airflow you also want to be sure that furniture, toys, or curtains to not block any vents. Outdoors make sure the exterior unit is not covered by any shrubs or excess foliage. Any obstructions indoors or outdoors can prevent proper airflow throughout your home. This can make your system and its parts overwork which can lead to costly repairs and replacements sooner than expected. Removing obstructions can help prolong the life of your system and keep it running properly and efficiently.
Not Using Your Thermostat Properly
An HVAC System uses most of the energy at start up. If you constantly change the settings on your thermostat, your system will start up more often leading to increase energy usage. Turning the thermostat up or down than the desired temperature does not lead to your system reaching the set temperature faster. The best thing to do is to use the settings on your thermostat appropriately to maintain comfort when you are home and adjusting when you are away. Consider a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat so you don’t have to constantly change or remember to change the settings.
As you have learned, there are several bad HVAC system habits to avoid. If you want to keep your system properly and efficiently running avoid these at all costs. If you have any concerns give LA Construction Heating and Air a call today at 818-341-3406 or contact us online. You may also explore our blog for more help on various HVAC topics.
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