Colder days translate to greater indoor heating requirements, which means you need a reliable HVAC system. In preparation for the coming heating season, your local heating and tankless water heater freeze protection company McLay Services, Inc., shares common HVAC mistakes you need to avoid.
Not Inspecting and Replacing the Air Filter
Your HVAC system recirculates air, while the air filters trap dust, contaminants and other indoor air pollutants. Air filters eventually get clogged after long periods of use, and if not replaced, the accumulated detritus on the filter becomes a barrier that obstructs airflow. When this happens, the HVAC system then has to increase its output to compensate, resulting in higher utility bills.
We recommend conducting regular air filter inspections–if not full HVAC inspections–every month. If the air filters require replacement too often, you’ll also need to address where the excessive dust and other particulates are coming from.
Neglecting the Air Ducts
Air ducts can develop leaks over time, particularly at the joints. Think of them like leaky plumbing: you can still get water from the tap, but not without wasting water along the way. Just as you’d start looking for a plumber the moment you notice a plumbing leak, it only makes sense to call an HVAC technician to fix leaks in your air ducts. It makes even better sense to avoid needing to call for repairs in the first place by adhering to a regular cleaning and inspection routine. Doing this every three to five years can result in better performance and a lower lifetime cost.
Keeping Your Old Manual Thermostat
Are you still using your old manual thermostat? If so, you’re likely missing out on the energy-saving features afforded by its newer counterparts. Programmable thermostats enable you to save on energy by automatically reducing HVAC output when your family is away for school and work. You can also set lower temperatures at night during the time that your family is sleeping. If you and your family follow a set weekend-weekday routine, consider getting a 5-2 programmable thermostat, which allows you to program a separate two-day cycle for weekends. Depending on the thermostat you currently have, some house wiring may need to be updated by an electrician.
McLay is your leading provider of heating services and outdoor tankless water heater freeze protection. Give us a call at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in San Bernardino and nearby areas.