How To Keep Your HVAC Running Smoothly This Winter
The nights are cooling off this autumn, and we’re looking toward cooler nights as winter settles in over Indio. If your HVAC system isn’t running as well as it could be, you and your family may find yourselves uncomfortable and with escalating utility bills. Heating your home is one of the largest energy expenses for any homeowner. Make sure that your utility bills are as low as possible by following these tips for an efficient HVAC system during the winter.
Key HVAC Maintenance Tips for Fall and Winter
Complete these tips now to make sure your HVAC system operates efficiently throughout the winter. This way, you can save your money for other activities during the upcoming holiday season!
1. Change the Air Filter
Most manufacturers recommend that you change the air filter every 30 days or so. This process is one of the most important things you can do to support the healthy operation of your HVAC system. A clogged or dirty air filter makes your HVAC system work harder to circulate air. This process can be made easier if you designate one day a month where you check the filter and replace it if it’s dirty. Your air conditioning unit will thank you!
2. Clean the Vents
The same day you change the air filter is a great day to vacuum the air vents to allow warm air to flow freely throughout your home. The cleaner your vents are, the less your HVAC system has to work to circulate air, saving you money on energy bills. Not only that, but you’ll notice that it’s much more comfortable in your home with clean air vents!
3. Schedule an Inspection
An annual or biannual HVAC inspection boosts your HVAC system’s efficiency by identifying potential issues and performing preventative maintenance to resolve them. Call a service technician from Desert Air in Indio, California to ensure that your system is working efficiently. Additionally, we can keep you up to date on any potential upgrades available for your HVAC system along with its age and condition.
4. Consider Replacing Your HVAC System
While it may seem like replacing your HVAC system is more money than it’s worth, that couldn’t be further from the truth. If your current HVAC system is more than a decade old, it’s likely that you’ll reap a lot of benefits by replacing it. Ask a service technician from Desert Air to give you more information about some of the newer high-efficiency air conditioners and heating systems that can reduce your home’s annual energy bill by as much as 20 to 40 percent!
5. Use a Programmable Thermostat
One way to ensure that your HVAC system operates at maximum efficiency during the winter months is to use a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows homeowners to adjust the cooling and heating of your home at different times of day to reduce your overall heating and energy costs. Smart programming can result in up to a 20 percent savings when it comes to your monthly utility bills!
6. Insulate the Attic
Another way to help your HVAC system operate at its peak performance is to ensure that it has to work as little as possible. Insulating the attic in your home can keep warm air from escaping your living spaces to the cold outdoors. Hire an insulation contractor to ensure that your home’s attic is well insulated and you can save money on heating costs this winter!
7. Schedule All Preventative Repairs and Maintenance
Routine maintenance and certain repairs are necessary for your home’s HVAC system to operate efficiently. You’ll want to create a schedule based on advice from the professional HVAC technicians at Desert Air and ensure that all scheduled maintenance is performed by qualified technicians.
8. Remove Debris Near Outdoor Units
Another way to ensure the efficient operation of your HVAC system is to ensure that there isn’t any debris outside by your equipment (if you have an outdoor unit). Make sure that branches and leaves are cleared away from the unit and ensure that the area around it is clear from any other debris. Debris can be harmful for your family’s health as it can actually cause buildup along with bacteria growth in the outdoor unit. Call a professional at Desert Air if you suspect you have debris in your outdoor HVAC unit.
How Can Desert Air Help You?
To ensure your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible, call a team member at Desert Air Conditioning today! Desert Air Conditioning has been serving the Coachella Valley since 1954. With decades of experience, you can trust that the HVAC contractors at Desert Air Conditioning will provide high-quality maintenance and repair services. Call today to get started.