Tips and Tricks for Better Maintaining Your HVAC System During the Winter Months
Even just a little bit of preventative maintenance can not only help extend the life of your HVAC system, but it can also help you to cut down big time (sometimes by as much as 30% or more) on energy costs during the expensive winter months.
Below we highlight just a handful of tips and tricks that will help you better maintain your HVAC system so that it runs more effectively, more efficiently, and less expensively.
It’s a good idea to check out your HVAC system from top to bottom yourself every three months (four times a year) ahead of seasonal changes just to make sure everything is working the way it should. It’s not a bad idea to hire HVAC professionals for a once every six month checkup, either.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
Get into the habit of replacing your air filters every two or three months, even if they do not look dirty. Excessive buildup dramatically lowers the efficiency of your HVAC system – and that means you’re spending a lot of extra money that you wouldn’t have had to otherwise.
Hit the Sweet Spot on Temperatures
Energy experts recommend you set your thermostat at 78° during the summer and 68° during the winter to save money and stay comfortable no matter what Mother Nature is throwing at you.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Old-school thermostats will still get the job done (to a certain degree) but today’s Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostats are less expensive than ever before and offer a lot more value for your money. You’ll be able to program different profiles for your HVAC system to run during the day and during the night, saving money without any headache or hassle – or discomfort.
Seal Your Leaks
An energy audit will take advantage of thermal camera technology to see where your energy leaks are, but it’s up to you to seal those leaks as best you can. Windows alone are responsible for anywhere between 10% and 25% of energy loss during the winter – and you’ll want to start ceiling them up ASAP.
Double Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
This is more of a year round preventative maintenance approach, but it’s always a good idea to make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working exactly the way they should be and that they have plenty of battery life to protect you during the winter months.
This is especially important when you’re going to be using your HVAC system on a 24/7 basis in the winter, giving you the peace of mind in the security to know that you are okay and that you are protected.