Jan 1, 2024 | Air Filters, Attic Insulation, Ceiling Fan, Condenser, Ductwork, HVAC Habits, HVAC System, Maintenance, Smart Thermostat, Vents

The start of a new year presents an opportunity for a fresh beginning. Many of us have set New Year’s resolutions to enhance various aspects of our lives. As you jot down resolutions for self-improvement, why not consider including your HVAC system? It may initially seem unconventional, but consider this: your HVAC system plays a vital role in maintaining the comfort and air quality of your home. So, why not make a commitment to better practices and habits for your HVAC system this year? Not only will this aid in a trouble-free year, but it will also help prolong the lifespan and enhance the efficiency of your HVAC system.   

Here are eight HVAC practices recommended by Springfield Heating & Cooling that can help optimize your HVAC system’s performance this year: 

  1. Schedule HVAC Maintenance Checks on Time: Regular seasonal inspections can effectively prevent minor issues from progressing into costly repairs. It is crucial not to delay scheduling maintenance checks, even if everything appears to be functioning well. The purpose of preventive care is precisely that – to anticipate and address potential problems beforehand. Similar to vehicles, furnaces and AC units are intricate machinery that require consistent care and attention. By diligently performing seasonal maintenance checks, you ensure optimal performance of your system and promptly identify any emerging issues. Furthermore, adhering to scheduled inspections preserves the validity of your manufacturer’s warranty. 
  1. Change Air Filters Regularly: The significance of air filters in upholding the efficiency of your HVAC system cannot be overstated. These filters are designed to eliminate airborne contaminants from your home. However, when they become clogged with dust, fur, hair, and other particles, their ability to perform effectively is compromised. Hence, it is recommended to regularly replace your air filters every 1-2 months to maintain optimal indoor air quality, improve system performance, and minimize unnecessary strain on your HVAC system. 
  1. Clean Your HVAC Vents: Regularly cleaning your HVAC vents can greatly enhance indoor air quality. Therefore, incorporating it into your cleaning routine is advisable for a healthier living environment in your home. Small steps combined together can help make a significant impact on your system. 
  1. Upgrade Your Thermostat: A smart thermostat provides the convenience of remote temperature control and contributes to maintaining an energy-efficient home. It also offers notifications for potential system issues, enabling prompt action and keeping you well-informed. Additionally, its ability to customize temperature settings based on your schedule is a valuable investment that yields energy savings. Fortunately, smart thermostats are reasonably priced, with a wide range of options available on the market. So, if you don’t have one already, this may be something you want to look into this year.  
  1. Check Your Attic Insulation: If you are experiencing a continuously running unit or noticing unregulated temperatures in certain areas of your home, it is possible that your attic is lacking sufficient insulation. Inadequate insulation can lead to significant air leakage and energy loss. Did you know that the recommended minimum insulation depth should be at least ten inches? Therefore, if you suspect that your insulation is insufficient, if it is safe for you to do so, we strongly recommend prioritizing an inspection to confirm this. Should your insulation fall below the recommended level, now would be an ideal time to consider upgrading it.  
  1. Clean Your Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures: Just like HVAC vents, dusty ceiling fans and light fixtures can have a detrimental impact on indoor air quality. To mitigate this, make sure to include them in your routine cleaning schedule. By doing so, you can elevate the air quality in your home and, as previously mentioned, alleviate strain on your HVAC system. 
  1. Check the Condenser Area: Even during the winter when your AC is not in use, periodic checks and cleaning around your condenser can prevent damage and prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system. The purpose of these checks is to ensure that no branches, sticks, outdoor debris, or clutter have fallen onto or around the unit, which could potentially harm it. Homeowners often overlook their condenser amidst the winter chaos, only to discover damage once spring arrives. Therefore, it is important to remain vigilant and conduct regular inspections every now and then.  
  1. Schedule a Ductwork Cleaning: Ductwork tends to accumulate dust and debris over time. Regardless of how well you maintain your home, it’s inevitable for stray hair, pet fur, and dust to collect within your ductwork. Prolonged buildup of dust and debris can have a negative impact on indoor air quality and the efficiency of your system. To address this, we suggest that homeowners schedule professional duct cleanings every three to five years. 

By implementing these eight resolutions, you can establish the foundation for a healthier and more efficient HVAC system, guaranteeing a seamless year ahead for you and your family. It is important to note that adhering to good practices and cultivating positive HVAC habits will optimize the performance of your system. 

Call Springfield Heating & Cooling for your HVAC needs anytime. We are here for you all year long! Reach us at (937) 350-1881, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here

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