It is very easy to take an HVAC system for granted. After all, most of the time, the only thing you have to do in order to interact with it is adjusting the thermostat when you want to. Most of the time, it just functions in the background, regulating the temperature in your office building or home. However, when the HVAC system stops working properly, people realize just how important it is and stop taking it for granted. They want to call an AC repair professional right away so that the problem can be rectified, and everyone can go back to being comfortable in the building.
There is a lot you might want to know if you have never had AC and heating unit repair done. For example, you might be interested in certain costs that are involved, since the budget is always a consideration when doing anything around the house. For example, you might want to know what the average AC furnace price is, what the average cost of AC furnace service is, or the average AC heat pump replacement cost, among others. Most of the time, an HVAC professional will be able to give you some idea of what these things are or point you in the direction of someone who can.
Air conditioning is an amenity that some 85% of Americans rely on for respite from the warm, humid weather outside. And with summer fast approaching, there’s no better time than now to give your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system a much-needed checkup to make sure you and your family don’t have to deal with uncomfortably warm temperatures any longer than you have to this season.
Luckily, improving the performance of your HVAC systems often doesn’t require you to call in an expert for a costly repair. In most cases, you can get your heating and air conditioning up to its peak level of performance by making a few small adjustments and maintenance procedures.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled this list of the top three ways homeowners can optimize an HVAC system’s performance before the start of summer:
Regularly change air filters
If you’re not changing out your HVAC air filters once every six months (or every three months during peak usage times like winter and summer), you could be severely hampering your HVAC’s energy efficiency and ability to keep your indoor air free of dust and allergens. You can switch out your air filters yourself, and they’re fairly inexpensive to replace.
Routinely inspect your HVAC system’s ductwork
Another maintenance procedure you can do yourself? Checking out your HVAC ductwork regularly to look for leaks and other signs of disrepair. Leaky ductwork can cause your energy bills to skyrocket — likewise with ineffectively insulated ductwork. To fix any leaks, you should use a special metallic tape that can be purchased from a home improvement store.
Invest in a professional inspection
About once every two years, you will want to have an HVAC specialist come into your home to inspect your heating and cooling systems. These professionals can perform maintenance tasks that you may not be able to, such as testing and repairing the system’s safety controls, burner and pressure switches.
Have any other tips or tricks about optimizing the performance of your heating and air conditioning systems? Share with us and your fellow readers in the comments below.