Did you know your actions — or inactions — might be significantly reducing the life of your HVAC system? Yes, that’s right. Now, it’s not your fault. We’ve been in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning business a long time, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that most eastern North Carolina homeowners aren’t certified HVAC technicians. (Tell you the truth, we don’t really want them to be, or nobody would call Blanton’s Heating & Air. But, I digress…)
You don’t mean to do any harm to your home, but that doesn’t mean you’re not. So listen here: There are certain practices you should adopt, and certain practices to avoid if you’re interested in avoiding a hefty repair bill.
Keep on top of regular, routine HVAC maintenance.
You, your car, your kids, your pets, your garden: Everything under the sun needs a little TLC now and again, and your HVAC system is no different. The experienced HVAC technicians at Blanton’s Heating & Air perform thorough inspections designed to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape. A bonus: Regular, yearly inspections will ensure that small problems are found, and fixed before they become big problems.
Don’t constantly adjust your thermostat.
Think it’s in your electricity bill’s best interest to switch your thermostat to OFF when you leave home? It’s not. Nor is it good for your HVAC. Doing this will require that your system work harder to heat, or cool your home when turned back to ON later. Constant adjustments can result in higher operating costs and might negatively affect the operating capacity of your unit.
Replace your air filters regularly.
Air filters serve a very important, necessary purpose: That is, to prevent dirt, dust, pollen, and animal dander from making its way into, and through your air ducts. Specific frequency will vary depending on the specific type, but in general, furnace filters need to be changed or cleaned every 30 to 90 days. Neglecting to do so will not only reduce the amount of that can be — you guessed it — filtered, but will also force your HVAC system to work harder than it should.
When a problem occurs, call Blanton’s Heating & Air immediately.
Don’t wait. Remember what I mentioned about how regular inspections help keep small problems from turning into big ones? The same concept applies here. If you’ve noticed a funny noise coming from your air ducts, or that there’s no air blowing from the register, call Blanton’s Heating & Air. Chances are, it’s an easy fix. But if you wait, the damage could spread, and the cost to repair could rise. And no one wants that.