Top HVAC Preventative Maintenance Tips for Fall and Winter - NEC Coop
Nov 10, 2021 — Electric Tips at Home, Energy Efficiency, Resources
During the colder months, your HVAC system remains one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. If it is not in properly maintained, it can translate to higher utility bills and less comfort for homeowners. The U.S. Department of Energy states that cooling and heating accounts for about 48 percent of the total household energy use. Producing hot water and heating your home are typically the biggest energy expenses for any home, so it is always wise to keep your HVAC system running optimally to ensure that your heating bill stays as reasonable as possible.
Keep these fall HVAC maintenance tips in mind as we transition to fall and winter to maximize the efficiency of your energy.
Have your system inspected
Whether you are a property manager or a homeowner, it’s a must to find a reliable HVAC professional to service your system. Doing this annually will ensure that your HVAC system runs properly throughout the year, and is well-prepared to meet the demands of the colder months. Click here for a helpful list from the Department of Energy that will help you find the right contractor for your needs.
Clean the vents and replace the air filter
One of the most essential – and easiest – things that you can do to support your HVAC system is to change the air filter each month. Check the filters regularly, and if it’s dirty, replace them right away. You can keep up with this simple task by designating a day to check the filter, say, the first or last day of the month. Your chosen day is also a good time to vacuum off the air vents. Doing this will help ease temperature regulation throughout your home, plus, it allows the air to move freely.
Insulate the attic
Lighten the load of your HVAC system so it will continue operating at its peak performance. One of the ways you can do this is by insulating your home’s attic – an efficient way to prevent warm air from escaping outside. According to the recommendation of EnergyStar.gov, you can conduct a simple visual test to check if your attic is sufficiently insulated. If the insulation is high enough to block the view of floor joists, putting additional insulation will provide little to no benefit.
Install a smart thermostat
The correct temperature inside the home depends largely on who is home throughout the day. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget to adjust their thermostats when they leave their home. This is where a smart or programmable thermostat can help, enabling you to save on energy and money.
These fall HVAC maintenance tips will help ensure that your HVAC system is in great shape and can help you avoid costly repair bills. Follow them, and you are set for a warm, energy-efficient home this fall!