Warm summers and chilly winters test the limits of HVAC systems in North Carolina from season to season. Myriad mechanical parts work in tandem tirelessly to keep your home warm or cool at your heart’s whim, so it’s no surprise that neglected HVAC units tend to break during the coldest and hottest times of the year. By practicing some basic HVAC care, you can reduce your chances of a mid-season breakdown, and you can shave some costs from your power bill by making sure your unit is running at peak efficiency. You’ll also extend the life of your system, which can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your HVAC unit:
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Setting your thermostat on a timer can give your HVAC unit some much needed downtime while you’re at work, yet you’ll still be able to walk into a comfortable home. The money you’ll save on energy bills will quickly offset the cost of installation.
Regularly Replace Air Filters
The most important thing you can possibly do to make sure your HVAC unit is functioning at its best is to regularly change the filter. Changing the filter bimonthly should keep you in good condition, but you may want to change it once a month if you have many furry pets.
Cover Your A/C Unit During the Winter
If part of your unit is exposed to the elements, use a tarp, a sheet of wood, or other covering over your unit to prevent damage from snow. Just make sure you don’t trap moisture in the unit.
Seal Your Ducts
Keep an eye out for holes on your visible ducts and seal them with aluminum foil tape until you can get them professionally serviced. Ironically, duct tape is not durable enough for duct maintenance, so don’t use it for that purpose.
Keep Air Vents Unobstructed
Make sure none of your vents are covered by furniture or rugs. Fibers from carpet can easily get sucked into the HVAC system and cause damage. Blocked vents also obstruct airflow, meaning your machine must work harder with less efficiency.
Get a Professional Tune Up at Last Once a Year
HVAC may perform well for several years without receiving service, yet they may also suddenly suffer damage beyond repair. This is because small problems become bigger issues over time. While fixing a refrigerant leak isn’t a big issue, it can result in a burned out compressor if not addressed right away. The best way to prevent breakdowns and increase unit longevity is to get an annual tune up from a professional.
You can get into the habit of healthy HVAC maintenance today by scheduling a tune up appointment with Rapid Repair Experts in Raleigh. Our technicians are professionally licensed and insured. We only send the best to service your HVAC unit so that you can stay comfortable all year long.