A well-operating HVAC system is one of the most important parts of making your home happy and comfortable for you and your family. To make sure it is running at its best, homeowners should learn about a few easy improvements that they can make to keep air flowing freely and temperatures comfortable throughout the house all year long. 

Clean Your HVAC Ducts

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Making sure your air ducts are clean of buildup and able to allow air to flow freely is one of the easiest ways to improve your HVAC system. With regular visual inspections, it’s clear to see when your ductwork needs cleaning and one of the most obvious signs is dust and debris on the ducts themselves. Ducts also need cleaning if you can see or feel allergens and dust in the indoor air or when family members are sneezing or wheezing. 

Check for Air Leaks

If you have noticed that your electricity bills are higher than normal, it might be due to an air leak in your ductwork. Certain parts of your home not cooling or warming as well as the rest of the house is another sign of leakage. It is easy to check for leaks by visually inspecting the ductwork and listening for escaping air. Discuss any potential leaks with your HVAC service technician and they will be able to repair and insulate any faulty ducts so energy is not wasted to condition air that never makes to the interior of your home. 

Set up Zones

Home zoning is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to save on energy and money by heating or cooling specific areas of your home. For example, if you aren’t using the attic, the basement, or other parts of your house, you have the option to shut off airflow to those areas. You can also increase energy-efficiency by controlling the climate in your home with a smart thermostat. Program the temperature from any location using your smartphone and manage how often your HVAC system runs while you are at home or away.

Regular Maintenance

Along with replacing filters and keeping your unit clear of debris, it’s crucial to schedule regular maintenance visits to ensure your HVAC system is running well and to prevent costly problems in the future. At least once annually, a certified service professional should inspect your system to make sure it is running smoothly and to check for signs of potential problems. Simple maintenance makes your house safer and more comfortable for your entire family and will prevent problems during extreme temperatures. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your HVAC system and keep it running efficiently, which will save you money on your utility bills. 

These tips may seem basic, but they can keep your HVAC operating well for years to come and make a big difference in your energy bills. With a little time and effort, you’ll appreciate how much of an improvement can be made in the comfort of your home for you and your family.