Your HVAC system is designed for a simple purpose – to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In order for your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system to work properly and run efficiently, you must do your part to maintain and troubleshoot the unit. It is merely not enough to have a state of the art HVAC system installed without providing the proper intermittent maintenance and annual inspections by a licensed HVAC contractor.
Modern HVAC units have been designed to use as little energy as possible while providing your home with the necessary climate control. Rising energy costs and an effort to make home appliances “green” has prompted HVAC system manufacturers to redesign units so they work more efficiently and cost less. This is good news for those who wish to save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint, however the homeowner must do his or her part to ensure the system can maintain it’s optimum operating efficiency.
An HVAC unit sends temperature-controlled air through a serious of ductwork to reach the rooms in a home. This ductwork must be cleaned regularly in order to allow for maximum airflow. A build up of dust in your ductwork will force your HVAC system to run harder for longer periods of time until the desired temperature is reached. Furthermore, if you are building a new home, make sure the ductwork is installed properly and in the most organized manner to ensure the optimum performance of your HVAC unit.
You should make sure your HVAC system always has a clean filter. Filters should be changed every 30 days, more often if you have pets or frequent dust buildup. For the most efficient airflow, use a low-cost filter that you have to change often. They provide the most airflow, but you must remember to change the filter often as they become dirty and virtually ineffective after a few weeks. Obstruction in the airflow will cause your HVAC unit to run harder and will significantly reduce the performance of the system.
The refrigerants in modern HVAC systems have been retooled to be the most environmentally friendly possible. While R22 Freon was the standard for many years, R410A has proven to be a more effective gas. Troubleshooting the problems with the refrigerant should only be done by a professional HVAC contractor, as it involves using high pressure gas and reading gauges which require an understanding of your specific HVAC unit’s complex specifications.
If you take these uncomplicated measures to ensure your HVAC system has the ability to run properly, you’ll notice a reduction in your energy bills and have a home that is easily climate controlled to your liking. Consult a licensed HVAC contractor for yearly maintenance and troubleshooting of your unit to enjoy many years of an efficient-working HVAC system.