Whenever any of us walk into our house to turn on our HVAC unit, we usually don’t give it much thought. That is until it’s an extremely hot day or a bitterly cold one and when we attempt to adjust our thermostat, nothing happens. Then all we can think about is how much we need our HVAC unit to work.
Although there are certain situations in which it really is best to call a technician to come to your home to inspect or repair it, there are some basic maintenance and installation tips that you can do on your own. If you’re curious to know what those are, we’ve enclosed five recommendations below:
Go online for some installation instructions. If you’re someone who would prefer to put in your HVAC unit yourself, there is a lot of online information that can help you to do so. One website that we find to be quite helpful is HVAC-For-Beginners.com. There are also some videos on YouTube that can assist you. Just go to the site and put “DIY HVAC installation tips” in the search field.
Check your thermostat. Being that your thermostat helps to set the temperature in your home, of course it is important that it’s working at all times. If you have an older one, make sure to take off the cover and clean it about once every six weeks with a soft brush so that you can remove any dust and debris. Also, if you notice that the unit comes on too frequently, it could be a sign that you need to adjust the anticipator. To keep the unit from cutting on too often, move the anticipator up just a bit higher. That should solve the problem.
Change the filters. Being that your HVAC filters help to keep the air quality in your home clean, it’s absolutely essential that you change them on a consistent basis. It’s standard to get some new filters about every 90 days and you can easily find them at your local home improvement store.
Open up your air vents. If it feels like you’re not getting the cool or warm air that your thermometer says that you are, it could be because your air vents are blocked or closed. You can easily remedy this by inspect all of the ones that are inside of your house. By removing the furniture that’s on top of them and/or opening them up, that should cause air to flow freely.
Add some insulation and do some weather stripping. When it comes to your HVAC unit, it’s important to purchase a model that is energy efficient. When it comes to providing maintenance for its furnace compartment, you have to take things like oil heat to gas heat into consideration. But no matter what kind of unit you have, if you want to save money on your energy bills, make sure that your attic has around 12″ of insulation and that your windows and doors have weather stripping applied to them. This will keep you from having to adjust your thermostat a lot, which can ultimately extend the life of your unit.