What NOT to Do if You Have an HVAC System
Your HVAC system is an important part of your house. The unit works hard to keep temperatures comfortable, but it also circulates and filters the air to help keep your family happy and healthy. Because HVAC setups are costly, take steps to protect your unit and extend its life.
Avoid these mistakes to keep your HVAC safe.
Don’t cover/heat your thermostat. Even though it’s not the most attractive accessory on your wall, you should never cover your thermostat. Covering your thermostat prevents it from obtaining an accurate temperature reading, which means extra work for your HVAC. Direct sunlight, lamps, televisions, and other sources of heat also interfere with the thermostat’s performance.
Don’t block air returns. Attempting to hide or cover these vents puts strain on your HVAC system. Imagine trying to breathe through a straw—you aren’t able pull in the volume of air you need. Your HVAC works in much the same way. There should always be plenty of open space around your return vents.
Don’t use the wrong air filter. Believe it or not, super-efficient air filters can actually be harder on your heating and cooling system. If a filter’s MERV rating is too high, it can create excessive drag and smother the unit. On the other hand, don’t choose a filter that’s too flimsy. Low-grade filters can result in air that’s of poor quality. It’s always best to check with manufacturer instructions or HVAC professionals, such as the people at Climatic, for recommendations on the best filter for your unit.
Don’t close unused rooms. Despite what you’ve probably been told, closing off rooms and vents doesn’t save energy. It causes reductions in air flow and forces the unit to work harder. Think about it like this: it’s easier to breathe through three straws than just two. The more effort the HVAC has to put forth, the higher your energy bill.
Don’t skip maintenance. Although they usually function on their own for long periods of time, don’t overlook your heating and cooling system when it’s time for checkups. Perform a visual inspection when you’re outside to ensure there are no obstructions or damages to the unit. It’s also recommended to have the unit inspected at least once a year. Catching a problem early can save you on repair bills.