Autumn is here, and we’re getting ready to help our customers keep
their homes comfortable and clean as the season’s change.
Are you doing all that you can to keep your HVAC system working efficiently, your energy costs down, and your indoor air as clean and comfortable as possible? Take a look at our seven tips for avoiding common fall HVAC mistakes below:
1. Have You Invested in Your Vents?
Your ventilation system is an often-overlooked aspect of your home’s heating and cooling system, but booking a professional inspection of your vents and ducts can make a big difference in how comfortable you feel at home.
When your ventilation system is working properly, your HVAC system uses less energy to distribute comfortable air from room to room and ensuring that your vents are working properly can eliminate irritants and help keep your air clean.
2. Have You Changed Your Filters?
Changing your filters is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy during the cooler months. This is because when your filters get clogged, they become less efficient at filtering out viruses, dander, and other unpleasant elements that can make you sick and impede your comfort.
Not only do clean filters keep you healthier, but properly filtered air puts less strain on your system overall, helping it last longer and work more efficiently.
3. Are You Using Old Units?
One of the easiest ways to drive up your energy costs and spend more than necessary on your HVAC system is to continue to use heating and cooling units which should have been discontinued years ago.
Old systems work less efficiently, which pushes up your energy costs and can lead to expensive emergency repairs and installation services. Instead, spend the time and money to invest in your at-home comfort by installing a new unit.
4. Do You Neglect Your Thermostat?
Many homeowners try to keep costs low by keeping their homes a single, static temperature year-round, but this can damage your system and cause your energy bills to go up.
Our HVAC experts recommend keeping your home around 72 degrees Fahrenheit day-to-day, and only changing the temperature during unusually cold or warm days.
5. Have You Been Avoiding HVAC Maintenance?
Skipping maintenance on your heating and cooling system is one of the fastest ways to ensure that your system wears out and breaks down on you. Especially as we move into the autumn season, it’s important to book an inspection with an HVAC professional to make sure that your heating and cooling units are working properly and do not need repairs and servicing.
6. Do You Turn Off Your Heater?
Turning off your heater may seem like a great way to save on energy costs, but when you turn your unit back on it has to over-work to get to where it once was, which can put extra strain on your system and cause your unit to wear out faster.
If you feel too hot when your heater is on, we recommend keeping your home around 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a little cooler than normal, instead of turning off your system entirely.
7. Do You Fiddle With Your Settings?
Avoid playing with your HVAC settings whenever possible, as constant changes can impact your system’s performance. If you feel uncomfortable, try putting on a sweater or opening a window instead of changing the temperatures every few days.
To keep your HVAC system working this fall season in Santa Ana, CA call (714) 613-1016 to reach the experts at Dial One Sonshine.