It’s easy to forget about your HVAC system. But as we enter the New Year, it might be time to give your HVAC a little extra attention. After all, your HVAC system is vital to staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
HVAC – or Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – controls your home’s environment by heating or cooling a room. It can also control the humidity level in each room and make sure the air inside your home is clean.
If your HVAC system isn’t working efficiently, it’s important that you repair or replace it. Your HVAC consumes energy to do its job, so when it’s running inefficiently, you’re essentially wasting energy and your hard-earned dollars. Save on your monthly energy bill by giving your HVAC a well-earned checkup this year. Here are a few questions you should keep in mind.
This might seem like an obvious question but bear with us. When it’s really hot or cold outside, setting your HVAC system to an extreme temperature can cause your energy bill to skyrocket. If you’re able, consider setting the system to a more moderate temperature.
That being said, if your HVAC isn’t able to run at a reasonable temperature (for example, 75 degrees F on a hot day), something might be wrong. HVACs should be able to maintain moderate temperatures if they are working efficiently, and they shouldn’t need to run for the entire day to keep your room at the correct temperature.
One reason for this could be your HVAC system’s age. If it’s more than 10 years old, it might be time to consider upgrading to a more efficient model. Keep in mind, if your HVAC needs to run all day long or struggles to keep your room cool/warm, your utility bills will likely be higher. Instead, you could be spending that money upgrading the system.
Like most appliances, your HVAC system shouldn’t be making any alarming or overly noisy sounds. If you’re constantly noticing how loud it sounds, there’s a good chance it’s in need of maintenance or replacing.
Your HVAC has a hard job. Eventually, it might start to look pretty beat up. While a worn-out appearance might not mean you need to replace the system entirely, it could be showing signs of wear and tear from extreme weather, exposure to salt water or chemicals, or old age. These signs might be pointing to the end of its lifespan.
There are several ways to make sure your HVAC lives a long and healthy life. Most importantly, you should have a professional check your system twice a year. During this check-up, the professional should test the safety controls, test for carbon monoxide, check the refrigerant and gas pressures in the system, and look for efficient airflow.
If the time has come to replace your HVAC, try to do so in the spring or fall. During these seasons, the weather tends to be more moderate, and it might be easier to find a discounted system.