Many homeowners have bad habits because of the many misconceptions about heating and cooling systems. These bad habits are more harmful than they appear.
BAD HVAC HABITS TO AVOID
Adjusting the thermostat constantly. It is probably the most difficult part of your HVAC system to start up or shut down the heat pump, or AC. If you frequently change the thermostat’s temperature, the unit may be subjected to frequent cycles of on and off. It puts undue strain on the equipment. You’ll need heating and AC repairs or worse, premature replacement.
Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature throughout the day to ensure that your HVAC system runs smoothly. Install a programmable thermometer if you want to be able to change the temperature at specific times. The thermostat will keep your home comfortable, even if no one is home or if it’s bedtime. It won’t affect the performance of your HVAC system.
Planting near your outdoor unit. Your HVAC system will not perform at its best if airflow is blocked. Planting plants or shrubs too close to an outdoor unit can not only reduce airflow, but it also increases the chance of the plant growing inside the unit and damaging important components such as the fan or compressor. AC repair experts advise against placing any obstructions to airflow near your outdoor HVAC system. Maintain a minimum of 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides. Clean the area around the unit to remove dirt and debris.
Closing registers and vents. Closing one vent in a room that is not being used to save energy. This can affect the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. By closing vents you reduce the space that is heated or cooled, causing your HVAC system to act as though it was not designed for your home.
The HVAC filter should be changed regularly. Air filters are designed to protect your HVAC unit from dirt, dust and other airborne particles that could damage its internal components. Filters that are clogged prevent airflow to enter the system and cause it not to perform efficiently. Dirty air filters also affect the quality of air in your home. As a homeowner, the best AC maintenance you can perform is to change your air filters regularly. If you do this every three to six months, not only will your HVAC system last longer but it will also preserve its lifespan.
Do-it-yourself repairs or installations. It’s not possible to damage an HVAC system more than by ignoring professional service and doing it yourself. Some people want to save money and do their own repairs and installations. However, they don’t realize that it can cause multiple problems, including unintentional equipment damage or shorter equipment life.
HVAC technicians are certified and trained to replace and repair heating and air conditioning systems. The HVAC technicians have years of training in the field and are familiar with furnaces, heat pump systems, and air conditioners. HVAC professionals are better equipped to handle HVAC problems than you can be. This is worth more than the money you will save by repairing your heating and cooling system yourself.
No preventive maintenance. It’s a good idea, in the spring and fall to hire an HVAC technician to maintain and inspect your air conditioner. You can then prevent any problems that could compromise the performance of your system. Unfortunately, many people are not proactive about maintenance. As a homeowner, you should prioritize preventive HVAC maintenance before things get out of hand in terms of indoor comfort. You don’t want your AC to fail when you are trying to cool down on a hot day in the summer.
BETTER HVAC HABITS TO START NOW
We’ll start with the bad ones and then move on to the good habits that you should adopt. You can preserve the health of your HVAC system while reducing monthly utility bills by following these tips.
Cool effectively. Your HVAC system will last longer if you put less strain on it. Keep your thermostat in a reasonable range. When everyone is around, 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature to cool your home efficiently this summer, especially with the heat and humidity in North Myrtle Beach. You can raise the temperature a few degrees when no one is home. You will extend its useful life.
Cleaning your home often is another thing you can do. You can also keep your home clean by cleaning it often. Airflow will be improved if your home is less cluttered. You should ensure that the indoor and outdoor units are clear of any obstructions. This includes furniture near vents and dirt or weeds around the outdoor unit. Vacuuming regularly will also help reduce the amount of dust your filters collect. This will improve the airflow and indoor air quality.
Schedule professional maintenance. HVAC maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs, protect your family, and extend the life of your AC, furnace, or heat pump.
You can only get the most out of your HVAC system if you maintain it correctly. North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air can help you keep your home warm and comfortable. Our HVAC services are second to none. For an estimate, call us at 843-399-3237.
North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air
1001 2nd Ave N
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582