If you are like most people, you want to ensure your home’s HVAC system lasts and runs efficiently for absolutely as long as possible. However, if you want to ensure this is possible, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
The fact is, there are some somewhat common actions and behaviors that homeowners engage in, which actually put their HVAC system at risk. Are you guilty of these? Keep reading to find out.
Constantly Change the Temperature on Your Thermostat
One of the hardest parts of any air conditioners or furnaces job is to get started up and then shut down. If you are one of those people who seem to always be adjusting your thermostat, then it is going to cause more frequent on/off cycles.
Also, just because you are setting your home at a warmer temperature in the winter, it does not mean that the furnace is going to work faster when you bump it up five, rather than two, degrees. It is just going to run longer to achieve the desired temperature – which adds to the wear and tear and reduces the system’s longevity.
Planting Items too Close to Your Unit
Did you know that you can actually block the airflow to your system’s external unit if you put plants too close to it? If this happens, the efficiency of your system is going to be reduced drastically. Not only will the plants put nearby your equipment block the airflow, they can actually begin to grow into the condenser. This can cause serious damage to the internal components and result in you having to call for expensive emergency repairs.
A general rule of thumb to follow is to keep all plants – regardless of type – at least two feet away from your system (more if possible). This will prevent any of the negative consequences that may otherwise occur.
Closing Vents or Registers in Your Home
Your home’s heating and cooling equipment is designed to cool or heat a set amount of space. If you start to close some of the vents and registers, it’s going to change how much space is being cooled or heated. This is going to cause your system to begin acting as though it isn’t the right size for your home.
In the long run, this can lead to issues such as longer run times, a frozen evaporator coil and shorter system life. This tip also applies to how you place your furniture. Make sure you don’t block any registers or vents.
As you can see, there are several mistakes that can negatively impact your home’s HVAC equipment. If you want to ensure that these issues don’t happen to you, remember the info here. You can also reach out to the pros who can provide even more insight on how to ensure your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible throughout the year.