Your HVAC system serves as the heart of your home. Think about it. It’s tucked away behind the scenes, but it’s always working to keep you comfortable. It is a loyal teammate, tirelessly turning on regularly to heat or cool the air as needed. During this month, where we celebrate all things heart-related, let’s talk about caring for your HVAC system. Heating Specialties of South Jersey can show you how. Let’s look at some basic actions you can take to give your HVAC system the care it deserves.
Keep it clean
Give your furnace the same type of love. Your outdoor unit can act as a trap for dirt and yard debris. Make sure you regularly clean the area around it to ensure good airflow and clean working parts. Pull out the vacuum to prevent dust buildup. Give it some space while you’re at it – you should allow at least two feet of clearance around your furnace to ensure accessibility.
Speaking of cleaning, when was the last time you checked your HVAC unit’s air filter? This inexpensive piece of equipment makes the difference between an efficient HVAC unit and one that has to work extra hard. Do you know which filter is right for you? The trusted, licensed HVAC techs at Heating Specialties can help.
Invest in a programmable thermostat
Does your family fight over the thermostat setting? Instead of furtively pushing the setting up or down while nobody’s looking, consider a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat also lets you schedule a temperature drop while nobody’s home during the day, lightening the load for your furnace. Over time, programmable thermostats can save money on your energy bills.
Seal off cracks and add insulation
The drafty spots in your home are more than just a nuisance. They let in the outside air and force your HVAC system to work harder to keep the indoor air comfortable. A layer of insulation can also be a barrier between your home and the outside elements. Install energy stripping or caulk around windows, doors, and other spots through which the cold air can seep.
Schedule regular maintenance
Are you one of those who doesn’t like buying the extra warranty? We’re not going to argue over whether your television needs an additional year of coverage, but we firmly believe that HVAC maintenance is wise. When you schedule a maintenance check, you’re letting the expert Heating Specialties technicians inspect your entire system. They’ll give it a thorough cleaning and identify any loose or broken parts. This yearly checkup can extend the life of your HVAC unit.
Know when it’s time to move on
Even the best relationships don’t always last forever, and your HVAC unit is no exception. Eventually, you will have to ask yourself if it’s time to repair or replace your unit. If your current system is between 10 and 15 years old, you may be better off looking at replacements. HVAC technology is constantly evolving, and a new unit may be more economical and energy efficient. Moving on is OK – your old HVAC system would want you to be comfortable!
The heart of your NJ home deserves special treatment. Keep your HVAC system running efficiently with Heating Specialties. We’ll give your system a thorough inspection and handle any necessary repairs. When it’s time to consider a new system, we’ll offer you advice and point you in the direction of our special offers. Call Heating Specialties now at (866) 923-2653 or schedule an appointment online.