HVAC Resolutions for 2019
- Categories: Energy Savings, Heating, Indoor Air Quality, Ravinia Plumbing, Safety Tips
- Date: December 13, 2018
Chances are, when considering your New Year’s Resolutions, your HVAC system is not high on your list. But while you’re writing your resolutions down (you do write them down – don’t you?), consider these for your beloved heating and cooling system.
- Change your air filter regularly. Air filters prevent dust, dirt and other particles from entering the system, keeping it clean and preventing breakdowns. This also helps improve the air quality in your home, which is beneficial for your health. One inch filters should be changed monthly; thicker ones twice a year.
- Schedule preventative maintenance. Twice a year: once before summer and once before winter. You’ll want to make sure your air conditioner and your furnace are both in good shape when the weather turns extreme. In addition to making sure your system is in fine running other, a maintenance check can reveal small problems that you can fix before they become big and expensive problems. The inspection can also find major problems which might require a new system. Better to find out during the inspection than to have your unit go out when it is super hot or super cold.
- Invest in a “smart” thermostat. These WiFi-enabled thermostats can make your house as comfortable as it needs to be while also saving energy and reducing your utility bills. They allow you to set the temperature lower when you are out of the house or asleep, and higher when you are at home and awake. Since they connect to your WiFi network, you can operate them remotely from your phone. Finally, if you are traveling, your thermostat can alert you if the temperature is too high or too low which can prevent potential damage to your home.
- Improve indoor air quality. While there are numerous ways to improve indoor air quality that have nothing to do with your HVAC system, there are a few things you can do with the system to enhance the air you breathe:
a. Install an air purifier to remove high levels of pat dander, pollen and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the air.
b. If your air is too humid in the warmer months, install a whole house dehumidifier to reduce humidity.
c. If your air is too dry in the colder months, install a humidifier to increase humidity.
- Consider zoning systems. If your home has more than one level or you have family members with divergent temperature-related preferences, a zoning system may be advantageous. You can program a different temperature for each zone (kitchen, bedroom, family room, etc.).
- Upgrade your system. If your current air conditioner or furnace is 15 years old or older, consider a new system. Also consider a new system if you are making frequent repairs, if the unit is noisy, or if your utility bills are going up. A new unit will likely be more efficient than your existing one, which will lead to lower utility bills.
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