New year, new you! There’s nothing quite like ringing in a new year to get you thinking about all of the goals you want to accomplish in the coming months. Creating a New Year’s resolution at the beginning of a new year is a great way to start organizing and making a plan to achieve your goals. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get yourself in better shape…but if you’re looking for something that requires perhaps a little less effort, January is a great time to get your home’s HVAC system in better shape! Be a better HVAC owner and a better you with these great HVAC New Year’s resolutions.
Fix Leaks in Air Ducts
While you’re putting this off, your ducts are leaking money! Houses with forced-air HVAC systems use a system of ductwork to help bring the conditioned air to each room. A typical house loses 20-30 percent of this air to leaks, holes, or poor connections. The best way to keep your house comfortable and keep your utility bills in check is scheduling professional duct service to help clean and maintain your home’s ductwork.
Not sure if your ducts are damaged? Watch for these signs:
- Your summer and winter energy bills are both higher than average
- Rooms in your home are being heated/cooled unevenly
- Unusually high amounts of dust in your home
- There are signs of kinks or tangles when you look at your ducts
- You can see or feel air leaking from holes or gaps in the ductwork
Change the Furnace Filter
Can you even remember the last time you did this? If you can’t, then now is definitely time to get this done! The filter on your furnace can become full of dust and other particles, which blocks air from passing through the filter efficiently. This not only lowers your home’s air quality, but can harm those with asthma or allergies. Not sure how often you should change your furnace filter? It depends on what type of air filter you are using, but a general rule is every three months to keep your air pure and your furnace running efficiently.
Invest in Preventative Maintenance
Because it’s tucked away out of sight, it’s easy to forget about your home’s HVAC system. You’ll definitely wish you had given it a little TLC if it breaks down in the middle of winter though! To prevent surprising and costly repair service, invest in preventative maintenance services to give you peace of mind that your home’s HVAC system is always running in peak condition. Many licensed HVAC companies even offer specific HVAC maintenance plans with special discounts and benefits to give you savings on repair costs, lower your energy bills, and give priority service. A preventative maintenance plan makes maintenance easy!
Make Money Saving Updates to Your Home
A new year means another candle on your home’s birthday cake. A great, money-saving way to update your home is by installing a programmable thermostat. This technology gives you direct control over the temperature of different rooms in your home. Like it cooler at night? Want to save money on heating when you’re not home? Programmable thermostats give you complete control to optimize your home’s heating and air conditioning levels, making your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Win-win!
Find the Best HVAC Company in Your Area
If your heat suddenly breaks down in the middle of winter, or your air conditioner stops running on the hottest day of the year, you’re going to want the problem solved ASAP. You might not have time to read customer reviews, find the best technicians, or figure out which company specializes in your home’s brand of HVAC system.
Instead of making a stressful situation worse and having to scramble and find emergency HVAC services in your area, prepare and do research on HVAC companies in your area that provide great service whenever you need it. (If you’re in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, you can get a head start on your research by reading what our customers say about T.E. Spall & Son!)