Prepare For the Fall Season
As fall approaches, homeowners should take action to get their heating systems ready for fall. Homeowners are much less likely to encounter costly repairs or replacements if they are proactive and prepared for the fall season. With these tips on properly maintaining their heating and cooling systems, homeowners may be able to detect issues before they become serious and can keep their systems running smoothly.
Why is Maintenance Necessary?
Some homeowners are hesitant to allocate their hard-earned money to maintain the heating and air conditioning, especially if no problems have been noticed. However, HVAC tune-ups save homeowners money and headaches in the long run. It’s recommended to have a qualified technician perform maintenance twice a year, once in the spring for the AC before temperatures rise and once in the fall for the heater before temperatures drop.
Routine maintenance by a professional provides several advantages. Tune-ups will help guarantee that the HVAC system is operating at peak efficiency. Particles of dust and debris will accumulate in every system over time, reducing the comfort and energy efficiency of the house. This accumulation will also reduce the airflow and can cause significant wear and tear on the system, reducing its lifespan.
HVAC system failure is a nightmare that’s preventable with regular maintenance. One of the biggest problems with a system failure is that it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time. HVAC maintenance can reduce the likelihood of system failure when it’s needed the most. When problems go unaddressed for extended periods, the entire system suffers, but maintenance gives professionals a chance to catch and fix issues before they get worse.
The Benefits of Routinely Replacing Air Filters
Air filters are one of the most effective ways homeowners can keep the air in their houses clean and improve indoor air quality. Air filters help catch dust, grime, pollen, and other particles that otherwise would have entered the system and been recirculated in the air.
Air filters are excellent at trapping dirt, dust, pollen, pet hair, and other particles in the air that might impair breathing and trigger allergy symptoms. They don’t, however, last forever. When the filter gets clogged, airflow is limited, and the HVAC system’s efficiency can suffer. Most experts recommend changing the home’s air filters at least every three months, but homeowners may need to replace them sooner if they have pets or people with allergies living in the house.
Utility Costs Could be a Signal
For most homes, the heating and cooling system is the greatest energy hog, accounting for about half of the overall energy bills. During the summer and winter, when temperature control is most used, utility bills can skyrocket. Fortunately, there are simple methods to save money on energy bills while still feeling warm and cozy this fall and winter.
Drafts can drastically affect every homeowner’s power bill. Professionals can seal air leaks with caulk and weatherstripping. If drafts are suspected due to higher-than-average utility bills, homeowners should inspect the weatherstripping and seals around their windows and doors. They should also check the attic and basement since these frequently conceal the most significant air leaks. Homeowners should have a professional replace any damaged or missing weatherstripping and apply new caulk to any broken seals, which will drastically reduce heat losses and save homeowners money.
Another energy-saving tip is to install a smart thermostat. Wi-Fi-equipped smart thermostats automatically change temperature settings for maximum energy savings. These devices remember homeowners’ habits and preferences and create a schedule that regulates the temperature automatically. A smart thermostat should be seen as an investment that will help save money on energy bills.
About JR Putman Heating & Air
JR Putman Heating & Air is a family-owned and operated company serving the Greater Sacramento Area since 1981. They offer same-day services, no overtime rates, and a membership plan with many perks, including two free HVAC system maintenance checks. Call them today for heater repair and maintenance in Sacramento, CA.