Top Tips for Surviving the Home HVAC Season

The Denver HVAC season is here, which means it’s time to get your HVAC ready for the heat. HVAC systems can be expensive to fix or replace if they break down during the summer months. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can follow to help keep your HVAC in top shape this year and avoid those costly repairs!

Keep Your Home Cool With Ceiling Fans And Open Windows

During summer days, HVAC systems are typically on and running at full throttle. If your HVAC system is working overtime to keep up with demand, it can lead to a higher electric bill than usual or even other problems for your HVAC unit. Turning off your HVAC during the day will help save you money in costly repairs from overworking of the HVAC system and lower bills!

Ceiling fans are a great option for summer days when HVAC systems are working overtime. Ceiling fans will help cool your home without turning on your HVAC system or opening up those hungry window units that suck out all of the heat from inside of your house! Insulate around pipes with insulation pads – Insulated pipe covers can prevent freezing water lines by keeping them at least four inches off any cold surface in winter and they also reduce how quickly hot water reaches room temperature in warmer months

Turn Your AC On & Off

Turning on your ac system in the morning when you leave for work will allow it to be cool by the time you come home. It’s also a good idea to turn your HVAC system off while you’re away from home during the day so that it can maintain its efficiency and reduce high energy use.

Turning on air conditioning in the morning before leaving for work, but keeping it off at night or when not around is one way of saving money. This allows your HV unit to get nice and cold by evening, which makes staying comfortable easier! You’ll also save money if you only turn HVAC systems on when needed instead of running them continuously as they won’t have to run constantly.

Get A Window Air Conditioner If You Have A Single Room That Needs Cooling

When there is only one room in the house that needs cooling, such as a bedroom or office space without HVAC, it is best to get an AC unit for just this room. Window units are more energy efficient than central air and have lower emissions per ton of refrigerant (EPA). An HVAC system will typically be able to cool down all the other spaces in your home by circulating cooled air through ducts. If you’re considering installing window ac units but don’t want to do any work yourself, make sure you hire HVAC contractors who specialize in installation work! If possible keep windows closed during hot days so your whole HVAC system can run efficiently. This also helps with preventing those pesky pollen particles from getting sucked into your HVAC.

Clean Out Your Vents Each Month

Cleaning out your vents covers is an important HVAC maintenance task. Clogging the vents will lead to inefficient cooling and heating, which can cost you more in both energy bills and HVAC repair costs! Wipe down all surfaces of your HVAC system with a damp rag or use a vacuum cleaner attachment often for optimal dust removal. You should also clean out your HVAC vent covers each month by unscrewing them (check that screws are tight) and wiping off any dirt or debris from inside each one before re-screwing it back into place.

Change Your HVAC Filter Monthly For Optimum Performance

Changing your HVAC filter is another HVAC maintenance task that is easy to overlook. However, dirt and debris in your filter can lead to decreased HVAC performance as well as higher energy bills! At the very least you should change your HVAC filters monthly; ideally they should be changed every three months or so depending on how often you use your air conditioning unit during seasons of high usage (such as summer). Lastly, it’s important to note that if there are any changes in the airflow patterns coming from outside vents then this indicates a clogged HVAC system requiring an inspection by a licensed professional who may need to dig into more complex HVAC issues such as ducts needing repair or replacement.

Check Your Thermostat’s Humidity

Checking your thermostats humidity level is important to your ac unit because it will help determine how often you should turn on your air conditioning. HVAC systems work best when they are around 40% humidity – higher than that and the system could overheat, lower and it may underperform due to low-humidity or high heat levels outside.

Buy An Air Conditioner With A High SEER Rating

Buying an HVAC system with a high SEER rating will ensure the HVAC system is most efficient and cost-effective. There are many HVAC companies that can help you determine which HVAC unit will work best for your needs and budget, so be sure to consider this before making any decisions. This indicates a clogged HVAC system requiring an inspection by a licensed professional who may need to dig into more complex HVAC issues such as ducts needing repair or replacement. Checking your thermostats humidity level is important to your ac unit because it will help determine how often you should turn on your air conditioning. HVAC systems work best when they are around 40% humidity.

Have Your HVAC System Serviced Annually By A Professional Technician

HVAC systems need to be cleaned and inspected regularly, this will help them run more efficiently.Hiring professional HVAC technicians for annual service is often a good idea because they have the knowledge required to keep your HVAC system running smoothly as well as offer potential savings in energy costs. When you’re looking for HVAC maintenance professionals, make sure that you find one who has been certified by either NADCA or ASHI (or both). This ensures that the individual has completed all of the necessary training standards before providing any services on behalf of their company.

Install An Air Conditioner Dehumidifier

Installing an air conditioner dehumidifier can help your HVAC system by removing some of the humidity from inside the house. This reduces strain on your HVAC unit, which in turn can extend its lifespan and increase efficiency. When you’re shopping for an air conditioner dehumidifier, make sure that it’s rated at least 6000-14000 BTUs per hour because more powerful models will be able to remove even more moisture than weaker ones. These units also use a lot less energy and don’t require any additional maintenance like filters or cleaning chemicals often do so they are ideal if you have pets or allergies!

HVAC Maintenance For Every Season

Your heating and cooling system require a lot of attention, which isn’t the case with other types of appliances. There are a few maintenance tasks you’ll want to perform if you want to keep your system running at peak performance. However, there are some tasks that an expert should only perform. It’s good to know what tasks you should do and when to do them because this is how you’ll extend your system’s life, conserve energy and prevent smaller problems from becoming bigger problems.

Let’s face it, HVAC systems have a habit of breaking down at the least desirable times. Download this checklist today and you’ll be on your way to ensuring your HVAC system runs at its highest efficiency.

Maintenance Checklist

1. Landscaping-

Have a look at the outside units and if there is grass covering it or debris on it or around it, then remove them. Trim down trees, plants, and shrubs too. If pine needles and leaves fall onto the unit, then remove them. Besides that, keep items away from the units, and these items include garden supplies, bicycles, and toys, to name a few.

2. Visual Inspection-

Inspect your system regularly. Doing this will help you discover issues that an expert should take care of. This includes dirty condenser coils or a dirty evaporator, frozen coils, water leaks, and so forth. Also, if you hear strange noises or vibrations, then call an expert right away.

3. Change Filters-

Change the air filters to your air conditioning unit. Do this at least once every 12 weeks, as this will ensure maximum airflow. If you have the instructions that came with your system, then refer to it to find out how often it recommends changing the filters. Bear in mind that when heat weaves strike or cold snaps, then your HVAC equipment is subjected to a lot of punishment. This is why you should change the filters more frequently. When cold snaps or heat waves occur, then consider changing the filters once per month.

4. The Thermostat-

Adjusting your thermostat when the temperatures changes is a good idea. This will prevent your HVAC system from becoming overloaded. Set the temperature to a number that isn’t hotter or colder than room temperature or than conditions outside. If you’re not sure how to adjust or program your thermostat, then don’t worry. Simply give a professional a call, and they’ll do it for you, or they’ll guide you through the process of how to do it.

5. Electrical Connections-

When connections are disconnected, broken or loose, then your system’s safety can become compromised. Call an HVAC┬ácompany if you cannot easily plug a loose connection into its proper spot.

Fall & Winter Maintenance Tips

1. Professional Maintenance-

When Autumn arrives, call an expert to perform a thorough inspection and annual maintenance. The expert will check various components of your system, and this includes electrical connections, fuel lines, and the condensate drain, to name a few.

2. Carbon Monoxide Detector-

A lot of people use natural gas for their system. If you do, then make sure your carbon monoxide detector has new batteries. Test it out too because you want to make sure it is working properly. In general, replace your carbon monoxide detector every 4-5 years.

3. The Furnace-

In the fall, you should turn the water supply on. The humidifier wick should be replaced too.

4. Ice-

If ice has accumulated on your HVAC equipment, then call an expert because sheets or blocks of ice can be difficult to remove. If it’s only small amounts of ice, then go ahead and remove it. As for snow, dust it off if it has accumulated on your equipment.

Spring & Summer Maintenance Tips

1. Professional Cooling System Maintenance-

Before the warmer weather arrives in the spring, let an HVAC company send out a professional to inspect your AC. They will check lines, connections, coils, and more. They will also clean any components that are dirty, and they will lucubrate any moving parts.

2. Inspect Refrigerant Lines-

There are copper lines that connect into the condenser, and you want to locate those lines. Also, there’s a larger line you’ll want to locate. If the larger line doesn’t have to feel cold when you touch it, then you’ll want to have an expert look at it right away. This could be a sign that the refrigerant levels are low.

3. The Furnace-

The furnace has a water supply, but you want to turn it off in the spring.

The truth is that HVAC problems seem to arise at the most inconvenient times. As long as you performer regular maintenance on your system, then you can prevent many potential problems. Just make sure you don’t get too carried away with DIY work on your system. If you run into an issue you’re totally clueless about, then contact an expert right away.

Common Furnace Problems & Solutions

A proper understanding of the moment when your furnace reaches the end of its lifespan can be complicated. On the other hand, the last thing you need is to discover this surprise in the middle of the winter, right when you need to keep your house warm. Once a furnace reaches ten years, or more, you should monitor it often to evaluate if your furnace is about to break and you need a new one.

Here are some signs to indicate you could be needing to update your heating system.

An Unexpected Increase In Your Monthly Heating Bill

If your heating bill rises out of the blue, that is a warning sign about your furnace needing maintenance and attention. First, analyze your previous heating bills and check if there are discrepancies with the current month. Make sure to pay attention to the amount of energy used by your furnace, and not the dollar amount variance. If you are using energy in the same way, but your bill is still rising, that is a strong sign that the energy efficiency of your furnace is not the same as before.

A Dustier Or Dryer Home

As your heating system approaches the end of its lifespan, keeping the air moisturized and clean becomes a harder task. During the winter, the air is colder and dryer. If you or a family member suffer from sinuses or a dry skin condition, perhaps there are air leaks in your house that allow warm and humid air to escape outdoors, or perhaps your humidifier is set too low.

In general, older furnaces used air from your home for combustion. This is the process that dries the air in your home. It creates a vacuum indoors that sucks dry and cold air from outdoors inside, through crevices and cracks around windows, under doors, or even within the home’s structure. Modern furnaces use outdoor air for combustion. They allow your house to maintain better levels of indoor humidity.

Also, if you notice an increase in the quantity of dust settled on your home’s furniture, or even clinging to your walls, that is a sign your air purifier is no longer working as it should, or that it is time for upgrading your old heating system.

Uneven Inner Temperatures In Different Rooms Of The House

When heat is not distributed correctly in your home, that is also a sign that something is funky with your ventilation and heating systems. The temperature throughout different rooms should be one and the same. When they are not, it is a sign your old furnace struggles to keep temperatures balanced, your ventilation ducts are dirty and need cleaning, your windows and doors need re-sealing, or all three.

Strange New Noises Coming From Downstairs

Older furnaces are noisier. That is a simple fact. However, new and unfamiliar noises should be treated seriously. Squeaking, banging, rattling, and so on, are all signs that your furnace has arrived at the end of its lifespan. Another warning sign is when your furnace’s blower operates sporadically, turning itself frequently on and off, or even blowing cold or cool air. If that is happening, you should call a pro to perform a furnace and blower motor inspection.

Visible Rust Signs

Rust is a terrible sign. If you see rust anywhere in your furnace or rust dust on the floor around it, that could mean there is even more corrosion inside your furnace. That is another sign your furnace needs to work much harder to perform its natural job of keeping your home warm.

Yellow Furnace Flame (Danger!)

Checking the color of your flame is something that can and should be done while you or your technician verify the furnace for corrosion and rust. A blue flame is normal. A yellow flame means carbon monoxide production, which could bring deadly consequences for you and your family. If this is your case, leave your house immediately and call your trusted professional right away.

Your Furnace Has Already Been Repaired In Multiple Occasions

If your furnace requires more than simple, normal maintenance more often than it should, you should start doing the math and consider purchasing a new one. That is even more important if you are paying over and over for the same repair. On the surface, it looks like a large investment, but it saves you great money in the longer run.

Even though all of the above advice can be sure signs you need to substitute your old furnace, it is also possible that your system needs a tune-up. No matter what, it is wise to have professional technicians inspecting your ventilation (HVAC), cooling, and heating systems annually. Remember: your home’s HVAC system condition directly impacts your family’s health and the value of your home and property.

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