According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) most Americans spend 93% of their lives indoors. Unfortunately, this isn’t good for them because indoor air is responsible for causing a variety of breathing and skin problems. This is because indoor air pollution is much greater than it is outdoors.
How to Keep Your HVAC System Working Properly
Having your home’s HVAC system working properly is vital. This is why you should have repairmen available to deal with any issues you may have. In fact, you should have them standing by to perform routine maintenance in the spring or the fall so that your system has a long, healthy life. This is just one of the many things you can do to prolong the life of your HVAC system. Some of the other things you can do include:
- • Clean the area surrounding your HVAC system regularly because dirt restricts its airflow.
- • Make sure that your system is installed correctly and functioning on the right settings.
- • You want to make sure you have the correct size system for your property.
- • Keep your temperature at 78 in the summer and 68 during the winter.
- • Don’t let water flow to your furnace’s humidifier when it’s hot outside.
- • Set your registers above 20%.
- • Replace your carbon monoxide detector’s batteries yearly.
- • Frequently lubricate your system so that parts don’t wear out too soon.
- • Keep your condensate drain line clean so that dirt, algae, fungus, and harmful bacteria don’t build up there.
Knowing When it’s time to buy a new HVAC System
Your HVAC system will give you some warning signs to let you know that it’s time to buy a new HVAC system. These include:
- High energy bills for no apparent reason
- Regardless of how high you turn your thermostat, parts of your home still aren’t warm
- Your AC short cycles meaning that it’s turning off and on more frequently and not cooling your home while doing so
- A discolored flame
Considerations When Buying a New HVAC System
While your HVAC system won’t last forever it should last 15 – 20 years. Once it nears that age you should consider buying a new system. Some of the factors you should take into consideration when doing so include:
- • The material used for construction
- • What temperature you’re comfortable with
- • How much insulation you have
- • How many doors, windows, and skylights there are, and in what direction they face
- • The size of the area to be heated/cooled
These factors are important because you want a system that’ll work efficiently throughout the year. Think of your HVAC system as your home’s respiratory system and you’ll understand why this is so important. You’ll also understand why you want to keep it working correctly at all times.
The Important Role Your Ductwork Plays
You’ll also want to keep your ductwork clean. This is because dirty filters can negatively impact your HVAC system in several ways, including:
- • They can make your system work much less efficiently.
- • They’ll waste energy resulting in higher electric bills.
- • They can cause your system to fail.
How to Care for Your Furnace
Your furnace’s flame acts as a signal letting you know the state of your system. When it’s crisp blue, it’s in good working order but if it’s yellow or orange it’s time to call a repairman. Before doing so make sure that there isn’t a lost connection because this could mean there’s a safety issue. Typically your repairman will tell you that there’s either debris or rust inside your burner and it’ll need to be replaced. As your furnace grows older it’s more likely to break down. If it’s overworked, it’ll cost you more in energy bills. This is why when there’s a significant increase in these bills you should contact someone to install a new furnace. You’ll also know that it’s time to install a new furnace when some of the rooms in your home are either hotter or colder than other rooms. Sometimes this is caused by an old, outdated duct system that’s no longer able to evenly distribute the air throughout your home. When you experience any of these things you should call and talk to a professional instead of trying to tackle the issues yourself.
Repairing your HVAC system is not an easy job, especially if wintertime is right around the corner. You don’t want your heater to break down because then you’ll find yourself paying more money as you’re forced to call for an emergency HVAC repair service. Unfortunately, this is something that happens to a lot of homeowners as they tend to ignore these various signs.