The nights start to get colder in September, which makes this a good time to check on your HVAC system. You can keep your system in good working condition by avoiding common HVAC mistakes. The plumbing repair experts at R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating list them below.
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Forgetting to Adjust the Temperature Settings
You shouldn’t fiddle with the temperature settings every day, but you will need to change them once the seasons start to change. We recommend setting the temperature at 72-73 degrees Fahrenheit and adjusting it accordingly when the weather starts to shift.
Turning Off Your Heater
Some homeowners think turning off the heater will save them money, but it actually does the opposite, forcing your system to consume more power to bring the system back to maximum output. Turning your system on and off repeatedly can also damage it.
Not Cleaning Your Air Vents and Filters
Your HVAC system will also be forced to work overtime if your air vents are closed or your air filters are filthy. Blocked or closed vents can hamper air circulation, while dirty air filters lower indoor air quality levels.
Avoiding Regular Maintenance
Another mistaken notion among homeowners is that HVAC maintenance is an unnecessary expense. On the contrary, it can help you save on repair costs in the long term. It’s through regular inspections that contractors are able to find and fix relatively minor problems before the damage has a chance to worsen. Regular maintenance can even help extend your HVAC system’s lifespan.
Ignoring the Warning Signs
If you haven’t inspected your HVAC system for a while and it’s not working properly, turn it off and have an HVAC contractor inspect it. Irregular maintenance can shorten an HVAC system’s lifespan, or perhaps you just have an older, worn-out model. Either way, in most cases you’ll need a new air conditioning and heating system.
If you decide to replace your HVAC system, only hire an experienced contractor to install it. This will help minimize the risk of costly installation errors.
R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating, a contractor with more than three decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide variety of HVAC services, including new heating system installation. To get a free estimate on new installations, call us at (505) 672-7888 or (970) 884-3358, or leave us a message on this form.