Maintenance Resolutions For Your Furnace and Air Conditioner
The holidays may not be the time of year when you think about HVAC upkeep, but it is a good time to
set a New Year’s resolution to schedule basic HVAC maintenance. According to Keith Hill, manager, part sales and technical support, with Minnesota Air, September in Minnesota is the best month to schedule basic maintenance, but if you missed that window, there is no time like the present. Here are some HVAC tips from the pros that you can accomplish before the New Year!
Keep It Clean
Keeping clean air circulating is what your HVAC does, so changing your filter regularly is very important. If you have a humidifier, there may be some cleaning to do or the pad may need replacing. The drain lines for the humidifier and furnace should also be cleaned.
Cleaning your HVAC not only ensures better air quality, but also means your unit runs more efficiently, and that adds to higher energy savings.
Inspect, Inspect, Inspect!
Making a resolution to get your system professionally checked is making a step towards your safety and safeguarding your HVAC system. A heating specialist can inspect the vent and chimney, as well as the furnace burner area, to look for anything that may cause concern.
Hill says you may prevent a failure later in the season and you could save some money on your fuel bill with a tune up. Just like people go to a doctor for a checkup, getting a professional HVAC “doctor” will keep your system running longer and more efficiently.
Energy Star has a list of tips to hiring the right heating and cooling contractor.
Save For The Future
We set aside money to buy a new house, get a new car or take that dream vacation, but not many of us set aside a rainy-day fund for a new HVAC system. "Don’t take your furnace and air conditioner for granted," Hill says. "It’s responsible for your comfort and is one of the top energy users in your home." If a problem arises with your furnace, you don’t want to be stuck in the cold and forced to buy a lesser replacement system just so it fits in your budget. Do some research now and make it a resolution to start saving for the unit that is right for you.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering replacing an HVAC system:
- How efficient is my current system?
- If I replaced it, how much would I save each month? Each year? In 5 years?
- What comfort features are important to me?
- How much do I need to save each month to get the system I want?
Even if your not planning to upgrade anytime soon, setting money aside for a new system when the time comes will make you feel better, more in control and financially prepared to get the system you want. After all, isn’t that what most resolutions are all about?
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