As a homeowner, your HVAC system can be quite an investment. That’s why it’s important for you to know how to keep your heating and cooling system running as smoothly and efficiently as possible and to avoid any unintentional mistakes that could harm your system. Here is a look at three of the most common HVAC mistakes homeowners make and what you can do to avoid them.
1. Leaving Your System Off for Long Periods of Time
One common mistake that many homeowners make is leaving their HVAC system off for long periods of time while at work or on vacation in an attempt to save energy. While this may garner savings on your energy bill, it can also result in a number of problems such as the growth of mold in the ductwork or around the compressor. If you do plan on leaving your home for a long period of time, utilizing a programmable thermostat can help save energy while maintaining the comfort of your home.
2. Not Utilizing Ceiling Fans
Not only can ceiling fans help regulate the temperature of your home, but they can drastically cut your energy usage, helping you save on your monthly bill. During the summer, ceiling fans should be spinning counterclockwise to push cold air from the air conditioner down. As for the winter, your ceiling fans should be spinning clockwise on the slowest setting to pull cold air up and push warm air to the side.
3. Not Having Your HVAC System Professionally Maintained
You can also protect your HVAC system by having it professionally maintained at least twice per year. Failing to service your system could result in expensive damage, efficiency problems, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and voiding of the device’s warranty. Your HVAC technician can inspect the system for damage, change filters, top off fluids, lube moving parts, test the thermostat’s accuracy and more.
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