Here are some tips to help homeowners get the most from their HVAC investment:
- Change the air filters. This is often a simple but often overlooked function to keeping an HVAC system running smoothly. Clogged, old and dirty air filters can cause the system to run inefficiently and work harder to deliver the expected results.
- Clean vents, ducts and registers. When an HVAC system is running, small particles such as dirt and dust can stick to or block the vents, ducts and registers. While a homeowner can ensure the vents are vacuumed and cleaned, an HVAC professional should be consulted to clean the ductwork.
- Clear debris from outdoor units. Homeowners should make sure that grass clipping, leaves and other yard debris are removed from in and around the outdoor unit since they can obstruct the free flow of air. Most HVAC services companies can also provide a more thorough cleaning of the outdoor condenser unit yearly.
- Check the circuit breakers and power supply. If the HVAC unit does not run at all, first check the circuit breakers before calling in a professional. Sometimes, breakers have been tripped and simply need to be turned back to the on position. If the problem is persistent, there may be an issue with the power supply, so an HVAC technician or electrician needs to be called in.
- Check the thermostat. If the HVAC system is not turning on or is coming on at the wrong time, a good place to start any troubleshooting is at the home’s thermostat. Power outages or someone accidentally shutting off the thermostat could cause the system to run at odd times. Many thermostats also use batteries. Homeowners should make a note to check the batteries at least twice a year.
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The first 3 tips in this list have to do with making sure your HVAC system isn’t working harder than necessary. Clogged vents or filters restrict airflow forcing more energy to be used to reach the desired temperature. On average, HVAC filters should be changed every 3 months. It’s a simple process that takes but a few minutes.
Here at Temperature Control Specialities, we offer HVAC service and maintenance to residents in the Indianapolis metro area. Call us at (317) 247-7663 if you wish to set up an appointment for resolving your HVAC issues.