What You Should Know About Your HVAC System

What You Should Know About Your HVAC SystemAs a homeowner the onus is on you to take care of all maintenance and repairs, whether that means doing it yourself or calling in a pro to take care of it for you.  One of the systems that you must maintain is your HVAC system.  Here is what you should know about your HVAC system and how you can maintain it throughout the year.

Each System is Different

There are a variety of HVAC systems that can be installed in a home, from AC/furnace combos to gas furnaces.  All of them are very different when it comes to cost and efficiency.  HVAC systems can be complicated you should always work with a licensed HVAC provider.  Unlicensed providers can be dangerous, you could have CO2 leaking into your home or a fire.

Filters

When it comes to maintaining your system changing the filters will be the job of the homeowner.  Filters help to keep the quality of air in your home clean and should be changed on a regular basis.  Filters have a rating system called MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) and it is based on their ability to remove contaminants from the air.  The system goes from 1-16 with 16 being the most efficient. Higher isn’t always better, higher MERV ratings can make your system work harder so you need the right combination of the two.

Setting the Temperature

You want your home to comfortable more than anything but at the same time you have to be aware of energy costs.  If adjusting the temperature a couple of degrees can make a huge difference in utility costs.  Make sure that you are comfortable but your system isn’t set at the maximum.

Regular Maintenance

Never underestimate how important regular maintenance is, it can mean the difference between your system functioning for 5 years or 15 years.  It can also save you a fortune on costly repairs.  If your AC dies in the middle of July or your heat stops working in January you will pay an exorbitant amount of money to have a technician come out to service your system.  Instead you can have regular maintenance done once or twice a year to make sure that everything is running smoothly.  It will also give you the chance to catch any potential problems early and deal with them before they become too expensive.  Keeping your system running well, not only saves on replacement costs but on your energy bills all year round.

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