HVAC problems typically arise when you least expect them. The furnace stops working during the coldest night of the year. You turn on your AC in the middle of summer, only to discover the reading on the thermostat isn’t going down. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep HVAC issues from heating up.
Use the Right Filters and Change Them Regularly
When you install your HVAC filters, make sure you’re using the right ones. They come in a variety of specifications, but they’re not one-size-fits all. To be sure you’re using a filter designed specifically for your unit, talk to your installer or consult your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.
Using the right filter is half the battle; changing it regularly is just as important. Filters collect dust, pollen — and sometimes even viruses and bacteria, depending on the filter type.
Clogged filters require your HVAC unit to work overtime to maintain the desired temperature in your home. Industry experts advise changing or cleaning filters every three months. They recommend replacing filters once a month if you live in an area well-known for dust and allergens.
Invest in a New Thermostat
When thermostats aren’t calibrated correctly, they can compromise your HVAC unit’s performance. The older, dial-style kind tend to be especially problematic. Replacing an old thermostat can help your heating and cooling system work more efficiently. Especially if you’re using the programmable variety, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you install the thermostat correctly.
Keep Up with Routine Furnace Repair and Inspections
Routine tune-ups and check-ups (at least once a year) allow a technician to detect and fix minor problems before they become more serious and costly. Regular furnace repair keeps your system operating optimally all year long.