Everyone at Short Pump Heating and Air wishes you a happy and healthy New Year. While still in resolution mode, we wanted to provide some tips for keeping your HVAC equipment happy and healthy in 2019. Following some simple guidelines can help to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment, avoid unnecessary repairs, and help extend the life of the HVAC systems.
1.Check and Change your Filters Regularly
Most homeowners are aware that a clogged filter is bad for the HVAC system. With that said, we have many service calls every year that are caused solely by a clogged filter. It is important to remember to at least check your filters every 30 days. Many times they will last longer than 30 days, but it is always a good idea to at least check them. Dirty filters will reduce the efficiency of the heating and cooling system. Dirty filters can also cause unnecessary equipment breakdowns. Keeping a clean filter will help keep your equipment running efficiently and help with your indoor air quality in your home or office. Setting a reminder on your calendar or your phone is a good way to remember to keep your filters clean.
2. Keep the areas around your HVAC equipment clean
Check the area around your outdoor unit occasionally to make sure it is clear. Many times mulch will pile up or shrubs will grow against the heat pump or air conditioner outside. This can cause problems with the HVAC system and also make it difficult to service. Also check the areas in your attic and crawlspace to make sure boxes and other items are not disturbing the air handler, furnace, or duct work. We see a lot of duct work that has been crushed by items in the attic. Keeping things clean goes a long way in helping to keep your HVAC system in good shape.
3. Do not close too many vent registers
All HVAC systems are sized to distribute a certain amount of air to the home. I visit many homes that have far too many vents closed. It is okay to close 1 or 2 vents, but more than that can cause damage to the system. A big misconception is that closing vents in rooms that are not used will help the system’s efficiency. This is not true. If anything, the system works harder. Closing too many vents can strain the compressor and motors. When in doubt, leave the vents open.
4. Remember to schedule your preventative maintenance
We believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” especially when it comes to your heating and cooling systems. It is always important to have your HVAC maintenance scheduled at least once per year. Preventative maintenance is a great way to keep your systems clean and efficient. Regular maintenance can also help prevent costly breakdowns. It also gives you priority service with our company, as well as repair discounts if you do need any HVAC repairs throughout the year.
5. Leave your thermostat alone
It is best to leave your thermostat at or near a set temperature throughout the day (especially with a heat pump). Turning your system way back while at work, and then cranking it up (or down depending on the season) later in the day is not more efficient. The system has to work extra hard to catch back up.
6. Remember to call Short Pump Heating and Air at 804-364-9040 with any HVAC related questions or concerns. We are a leading HVAC service and installation provider in the Richmond, VA area, and are always happy to help our customers any way possible!