Don’t Let Fall Get the Best of the Heater
Fall is here, so let’s talk maintenance. HVAC maintenance, to be exact! Homeowners should have their HVAC systems professionally maintained at least twice a year. Ideally, once in the spring for the air conditioner and once in the fall for the heater, meaning it's heater maintenance time.
Doing so will ensure that the system runs smoothly this year and for years to come. Not only will it help preserve the system for as long as possible, but it will also help cut back on energy bills! Routine maintenance benefits are unparalleled, and if homeowners know them, they might be more apt to get maintenance done regularly! So, professionals will discuss the benefits, as well as the importance of regularly changing the air filter and tips for monitoring energy usage. Continue reading to learn more!
It might not seem like much, but keeping up with regular HVAC tune-ups can drastically change the way the system behaves. Some of the benefits of routine professional maintenance include the following:
- A longer-lasting system
- Fewer breakdowns and repairs
- Fewer surprises
- Lower energy bills each month
- Less money will be spent on the system in the long-term
- Less stress and time spent wondering why the system isn’t working properly
With such benefits, it’s clear why professionals recommend maintenance to homeowners! It might seem like they are spending more money just to have the system checked twice a year, but if homeowners do this, they will save money in the long run.
Typically during maintenance visits, professionals give the entire system a once (or twice) over. They check all the system parts to ensure everything works properly and clean the parts that need it. Technicians can better catch future problems when homeowners stick to a regular maintenance plan and can prevent breakdowns before they occur, so it saves the homeowner time, stress, and money!
Change the Air Filters
Those that live alone or don’t have pets can typically replace their air filters once every three months. However, if homeowners have others who live in the home with them or pets, they should probably plan on replacing the air filters more often. Luckily air filters are cheap and easy to replace without professional help. Some air filters are even reusable and just need to be cleaned instead of being replaced altogether.
Air filters are a crucial part of the HVAC system and must get changed when the old filter gets clogged. A clogged air filter leads to airflow problems with the HVAC system, and the system has to work overtime to heat or cool the home. Clogged air filters can also lead to many issues with the unit, including higher energy bills and even an overheating furnace, which can lead to furnace fires.
Ensuring the air filters stay clean will also help to maintain excellent indoor air quality for those living within the home. Air quality is important because if it’s poor, those that live in the house could suffer from health issues like worsening allergy and asthma symptoms, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, nose, throat, and skin irritation, among other things.
Monitor Energy Usage Closely
Monitoring energy usage is important because a sudden increase in energy usage can point to hidden issues with the HVAC system. It’s a warning sign indicating to homeowners that something is awry so they can call a professional to fix it before the issue worsens into a more costly problem. Luckily, there is an easy way to monitor energy usage with minimal effort.
Homeowners can have a smart thermostat installed that tracks energy usage for them. Smart thermostats can change the temperature inside the home with preset settings or with a simple click from the homeowner’s smartphone! They are beneficial to the modern home, and every homeowner should consider installing one in their home to save on monthly energy bills. With these tips, homeowners can have a stress-free, money-saving fall season and year to come!
About Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air
Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air has over two decades of experience serving St. George, UT residents and the surrounding areas. They offer same-day service, straightforward pricing, and financing. Call them today for heater repair and maintenance in St. George, UT.