February is a month for love, and while you can’t give your HVAC system chocolates, there are many ways in which you can show your appreciation! We’re deep into the winter season right now and, chances are, your heating and cooling system has been working overtime — especially with the polar vortex impacting the weather!
It’s been an exceptionally chilly few months for Virginia, so here are some ways you can show your HVAC system and keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
Change Your Filters
One of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system is to replace the filters regularly. Debris, pollutants, and other particles can build up, negatively impact your unit’s ability to provide heat to your home.
While swapping out your filter every 60-90 days may be sufficient in most cases, there are situations when it may need to be changed more often. For example, if you have a large family, pets, or people living with allergies or asthma in your home, installing a new filter once a month might be beneficial.
Get Your Ducts Cleaned
Much like your filter can get bogged down by contaminants in the air, your HVAC system can get bogged down with dust, dirt, and grime. That’s why it’s so important to have your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis. This can reduce your unit’s efficiency while increasing your energy bill.
Additionally, make sure your registers have been cleaned, wiped down, and are free from obstructions. Clutter or a poorly placed couch can take a toll on your heating system!
Vacuum and Dust Your Home
Housework can be a literal chore, but keeping your home neat and tidy is one of the most loving things you can do for your HVAC unit! Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter reduces the number of particles in the air, helping take the load on your home’s air filter.
As an added bonus, you’ll also make it easier to maintain healthy indoor air quality. This is especially important during the winter months and cold and flu season when your HVAC can actually make you more prone to sickness!
Lower Your Thermostat
When the temperatures drop, we all rush to turn up the heat. Of course, we all want to be comfortable in our homes, but there may be times when we can actually lower the thermostat — like when you’re bundled up under the covers at night or go to work for the day.
The easiest way to accomplish this is to install a programmable thermostat. By creating different programs, you can reduce usage when you’re out of the house or turn the heat on automatically each morning based on your needs and preferences.
HVAC Tune Up
One of the most loving things you can do for your HVAC system is to give it an overall tune up. Inspecting all of the different components can help identify any potential issues before they become full-blown, costly problems.
While there are many things you can do by yourself, this job is best left to the professionals. W.G. Speeks offers a free consultation and can help provide guidance for creating a scheduled maintenance plan. Our NATE-certified technicians will show your home the respect and appreciation it deserves. Call us today!