If you haven't already sat down and written up a plan of action for the routine care of your HVAC system, then you should do so as soon as possible. In fact, you can use this short guide as a great place for you to start. By making sure you are staying on top of the system, you can avoid troubles. It can be easy to let some of the little things that you know that you should be doing flee your mind; this is why a written plan is so crucial. You can even check off each chore after you have completed it. If you spot what could be an issue, write down your findings, and then show the notes to an HVAC services technician.
Step one – Write out the plan. Put the plan in a location where you won't forget about it. You can put it on the fridge or anywhere else you look on a regular basis.
Step two – Make sure you are using a programmable thermostat. If your system currently lacks a programmable one, then you should seriously think about having one installed. This is what will help the system to only work when needed to maintain the temperature you want.
Step three – Set the thermostat to a temperature that will give you comfort around the clock without needing to readjust it. When you keep changing the temperatures on the thermostat, it can make it harder for you to find that one setting that works day and night, and that runs the most efficiently without causing the system to overwork itself during certain parts of the day.
Step four – Don't allow drafts to cause your HVAC system to overwork. As long as your home isn't achieving the temperature you set it for, the system will keep chugging along, trying to get to that temperature. But drafts can prevent it from ever getting there. This overworks the system and raises your bills. Go into each room, and seal drafty areas completely. Use duct tape and cardboard if you must, but do whatever you can to stop those drafts.
Step five – Don't forget those filters. Clean or replace the filters as soon as they need it. Dirty filters can cause a bunch of issues. Your system will try so hard to pull air in, and when it is trying to do this through a bunch of dust, it will be working on overload. This is also a good way to end up with dirty ducts and preventable repair issues.