Homeowners in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, rely on their HVAC system to maintain a comfortable home. But all too often and without intention, when it comes to general maintenance of the HVAC system, bad habits often become the norm. Here are four habits to avoid:
Not Changing the Air Filter
One of the most overlooked maintenance tasks for your HVAC system is neglecting to change the air filter, which works diligently to prevent dirt and dust from building up in the system. This buildup results in inefficiency. Check the air filter on a monthly basis and replace it when the filter show signs of dirt buildup. As a result, you’ll prevent straining your HVAC system and increasing the risk of a breakdown.
Not Paying Attention to Airflow
One area often overlooked is the space around the outdoor unit. If landscaping, vines, plants, or other vegetation grows too close to the unit, this affects the airflow into your home. Inside, if you frequently close the vents or close interior doors closed, this affects airflow too. The HVAC system relies on a balance between the supplied and returned airflow to operate efficiently. Otherwise, it can lead to unnecessary breakdowns.
Making Frequent Thermostat Adjustments
Sometimes your home seems too hot and other times too cold. To compensate, you’re in the habit of frequently adjusting the thermostat by hand. This is a bad habit and consumes excess energy, resulting in an excessive amount of stress on the HVAC system. One way to prevent is by upgrading to a smart thermostat. By doing so, you’ll avoid making manual adjustments that negatively impact HVAC efficiency.
Ignoring Regular HVAC Maintenance
Sometimes, a regular preventive maintenance program is relegated to the bottom of the list of priorities. This can lead to costly repairs and a decline in the lifespan of the system, which may result needing a new system. This bad habit also leads to less efficiency and higher energy costs.
At Cool R Us, Inc A/C & Heating, our goal is to make sure that your HVAC system is maintained properly and operates efficiently. Our professional and knowledgeable staff are just one call away. When you’re ready to schedule an appointment, call us at (904) 222-6603.
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