The heating and cooling system in your home will work efficiently and effectively if you treat your HVAC units well. This means regular maintenance and comprehensive repair in case of a breakdown. However, in most cases homeowners find themselves grappling with systems that do not work right or do not work at all because of the mistakes they make in handling those units.
Below are 5 of the worst mistakes committed by homeowners as far as HVAC systems are concerned.
Delay in Changing Filters
Depending on the type of filters your HVAC system uses; washable or replaceable, you may find your unit using a lot of energy to keep operating if these filters are not changed or replaced in good time.
Depending on the type of unit and degree of usage, you may have to change your filters as often as three months or twice a year. Delay or failure in changing your filters will allow dirt and debris to access the inner components of your HVAC system thereby reducing the efficiency of your entire unit.
Failure to Subscribe to Routine Maintenance
Just like any other systems, cooling and heating systems work better when taken care of on a regular basis.
While some of these tasks can be done by a professional, some of them are DIY tasks. These include cleaning indoor and outdoor units to ensure the flow of air is unobstructed and testing your thermostat by lowering and raising the temperature. Doing these things yourself will ensure that you save money and only hire professionals to do the more technical things.
Not Having Your Unit Thoroughly Inspected
Even if your HVAC system is well taken care of, it still requires professional attention. It is important and a good idea to have your system inspected and serviced at least on a yearly basis. However, professionals recommend that inspection and servicing be done twice a year, before the cooling season and again before winter.
Shutting Off Rooms Not Used
There is a lot of misleading information outside there where some homeowners have been advised to close off rooms they don’t use in a bid to save money on cooling and heating.
This is a good approach which worked during the days of fireplace heating and wall mounted air conditioners. However, with the modern central air and heat systems this has the exact opposite effect. When you close off some rooms, your system works harder causing your cooling and heating costs to rise meteorically.
Blocking Air Return Vents
It is for a reason that air return vents are put as part of the HVAC system. Inasmuch as you may not like how they look, covering them up is the last thing you should do. This is because when covered, air return vents make your HVAC system to work harder in order to heat and cool your home. In the long run, this causes inefficiency.