When was the last time your home had some HVAC maintenance? Dirty air filters can lead to higher energy bills and actually damage your HVAC system! Filters should be changed at least twice a year, before the heating season and before the cooling season. However, you may want to consider changing them more often if you live in a dust-prone region. Additionally, the outdoor condenser/compressor unit should be kept clean with any vegetation cut back at least two feet on each side. Keep reading for more HVAC maintenance tips and tricks:
- Properly insulate and air-seal your home. Your system will work more efficiently and it will help your home stay nice and cool, or toasty! Click here for some DIY tips!
- When installing a new system or replacing an old one, make sure to hire a qualified HVAC contractor. Also insist that they run “Manuel J” calculations to ensure that the system is the correct size for your home. HVAC systems that are the wrong size won’t run efficiently or keep your home comfortable, and it may even fail earlier than it should.
- If you use electricity for heating and cooling, consider switching to a geothermal system! The upfront cost is a bit more, however these system last twice as long and work more quietly. It can also help you save on heating and cooling costs in the long run!
- Have your HVAC system serviced by a trained technician once a year. There are some tasks best left to the pros, like checking gas or oil combustion and the refrigerant line.
Home Energy Audit
You can save money on high electricity costs by doing a home energy audit! A professional home energy audit is the best way to determine if your home is losing energy, but a DIY audit is a great place to start! Make sure to keep a checklist and notes on areas that you have already inspected or problems that you find. Remember, just because your home is relatively new doesn’t mean there aren’t any opportunities to save on energy costs! Click here for more information on exactly what to look for and explanations of problems you may find. You’ll also find tips on how to create a whole-house plan to fix the issues you find! However, if you decide this is a job for a professional there are plenty of resources to help you select the right auditor!
We hope these HVAC maintenance and energy audit tips help make your home more efficient! They can even help you save on insurance! You can qualify for a home safety discount if you add loss prevention measures or environmentally-friendly upgrades!