No matter the season, your HVAC system needs to work well. The key to keeping that system in good shape is to reduce the strain on the system in times of extreme temperatures. This is easier than many people realize and, while it can take time – especially at first – the steps you can take to minimize the strain on your HVAC are totally worth it.
Aren’t HVAC Systems Built To Meet Tough Standards?
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are meant to handle those functions for structures of all sizes, and good-quality systems are built so that they can handle year after year of use. But, like any appliance or mechanical system, they can wear down over time, and continual use makes them wear down faster. That’s why you have to keep putting them through yearly inspections and maintenance.
The Easiest Step To Take: Change The Filter
HVAC systems draw air in through ducts that have filters placed at the opening to each intake duct. These filters catch pollutants like dust and pollen, preventing them from traveling through the system to other rooms. The filters can clog up after a while, making it more difficult for the system to draw in fresh air. That increases the strain on the system as it tries harder and harder to take in air through the clogged filters.
Changing the filters regularly is the easiest way to reduce strain. By keeping clean filters at each intake duct, you eliminate the need for the system to strain to get fresh air.
The Next Easy Step: Eliminate Leaks And Thermal Transfer
Next, it’s time to go around your home or office and look for areas where the insulation may not be the best – and these don’t have to be spots with actual wall insulation. For example, on a hot day, direct sunlight through a single-pane window can make a room very hot, forcing the HVAC to work harder to keep the room at a cooler temperature. You could install dual-pane windows, but if you don’t want to spend that money, get blackout curtains that you can use to stop that heat transfer into the room. Keep those closed when sunlight hits the window.
Look for gaps under doors, weatherstripping that’s in bad condition, and more. All of these spots can allow hot or cold air to come in from outside and warm or cool air to flow out. Place draft stoppers at the bases of external doors and have contractors redo the seals around the windows.
The Third Step: Get Those Inspections And Maintenance Appointments
As mentioned, the system wears down with use; this is only natural and happens to every system. If you let the system continue to run without maintaining it properly, even if you still change the filters, the system will have a harder time keeping the room at the intended temperature. Maintenance allows service people to find issues that are just forming, and it allows them to fix the issues when they’re still small and relatively easy to fix.