When the hottest months of the year roll around, you want the kind of peace of mind that comes with knowing your home cooling system is up to the task of keeping your home comfortable throughout the summer. Most people shudder at the thought of having to sweat while they wait for HVAC repair services when their AC goes down, right in the middle of a 90-plus degree day.
What many people don't know is that certain practices can prevent issues with your HVAC system. Here is a set of HVAC tips that can all but guarantee that your heating and cooling system works all year 'round, including the important summer months.
Tip #1: Schedule an Inspection
Before the summer starts, it's a good idea to have a preventative inspection of your HVAC system carried out by professionals. They can look over your HVAC system, air filters, ductwork, and more, including advising you on the difference in cost between your current system and a more energy-efficient model. An older HVAC system can use much more energy, so it may make sense to replace your system to save your summer energy bills.
Tip #2: DIY Maintenance Goes a Long Way
While you should certainly call a professional for any major complications with your HVAC system, there a few things you can do on your own to extend its lifespan. DIY HVAC maintenance includes:
• Making sure the air filters are changed out every month to ensure that dirty filters aren't making your system work harder than it needs to
• Make sure the outdoor unit is clear of debris like leaves and other organic material. If the unit is in the sun, this can also affect its ability to cool, so it may be worth it to put up an awning over it.
Tip #3: Take Some Stress off of Your HVAC
The best way to avoid HVAC repair is to use your AC sparingly in the summer, only for the hottest days and nights. Once you get comfortable running your cooling system around the clock, it can be difficult to get readjusted to not living with AC. Meanwhile, your HVAC is working much harder than it needs to, potentially taking years off of its life.
Using fans, opening windows at night, and closing the curtains or blinds when a window is directly in the sun can take some of the stress of your AC, making a large difference in the amount of time it's running.
When to Call an HVAC Company for Service
When your HVAC system is around 10 years old, you'll start to worry about how much time it has left. Preventative HVAC maintenance can bring you much-needed peace of mind, but what about when your AC system stops working completely?
First, you'll need to make sure it's your HVAC system and not the thermostat.
When It's Time To Call The Professionals
Once you've confirmed that the problem isn't the thermostat, then it's time to call an HVAC company to diagnose the issue and carry out HVAC repairs.
RDVAH Has HVAC Systems to Meet Your Needs
For any home set-up and budget, RDHVAC has an HVAC system for you. From standard AC units to central air and ductless HVAC systems, you'll find the service and the equipment that meets your needs right here with RDVAC. We offer 0% financing available for up to 60 months on every AC unit we sell, ensuring that summer comfort is within your price range.
To learn more, contact us today!