25
Oct

How to Optimize Your Home’s HVAC System

The weather changes again, which means people are paying attention to how their heating, ventilation, and air condition systems work!  If you want to lower your monthly bills, keep your house at a comfortable temperature, and avoid waking up to a place that hasn’t been heated or cooled because of a malfunctioning system- you have to plan.  Here are any homeowner steps to ensure their HVAC system is up to the highest standards.

Plan A Season Ahead

The worst thing you can do is blindly go into a new season without first checking your heating air or vents.  Before it truly gets cold, check your heating and ensure that it runs- and before summer heats up too much, check your air conditioning.  Run them for a couple of hours at least a month before the season hits, and if they aren’t running well, call a professional.  Doing this will get you ahead of any lines and ensure you don’t have any uncomfortable days waiting to get it fixed down the line.

Ensure All Drafts are Gone

Most American Standard HVAC dealers say that if you know your system keeps running when it shouldn’t be- it could be because of a new draft.  Drafts can change the temperature of your home by several degrees, depending on how bad they are and where they’re located.  You can check for drafts by feeling around for them manually or lighting a candle and walking past windows and doors.  The candle’s light will move depending on where the current is coming from and show you what areas need to be repaired.

Check Your Insulation

Don’t sleep on checking your insulation!  This fluffy filler can keep your home at a comfortable temperature without the cold winter air running right through it.  Check what parts of your family house had insulation when it was last replaced and if there’s enough for where you live.  If your home is older than forty years, and you don’t know the last time the insulation was checked, it’s better to call a professional safe.  Asbestos could be lurking in your attic and could get you sick.

Replace Filters Often

Filters are incredible because they help clean your air as it runs through your HVAC system.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop all trouble- since a build-up of pet hair, dust, and other airborne items can quickly stuff a filter.  A full filter means that airflow isn’t as good, which could stop your home from getting as hot or as cold as you want it to be.

Get A Smart Thermostat

Don’t shy away from technology!  A smart thermostat can help you set up automatic temperature changes throughout the day and track when usage was heaviest.  This technology means you could turn off the heat while you’re at work, have it come back in half an hour before you get back home, and make sure that you don’t have any bizarre temperature spikes due to bad drafts!  These thermostats can save you tons of money after the upfront purchase!