Even though you may be busy, you should still find time to maintain, repair, or upgrade your HVAC system. Fortunately, there are some things you can do that take little time and effort. Below are five easy HVAC improvements you can make that accommodate your busy schedule.
Remove Foliage, Debris, and Blockages
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One easy thing you can do to improve your HVAC system’s performance is to check the outside unit and your vents regularly. Doing so ensures that your system is not working harder to condition the air inside your home. Keep plants, shrubs, or trees about two to three feet away from your outside HVAC unit, as well as any debris, such as fallen leaves or soil. Also, keep objects like garden tools or toys away from your unit. Inside, make sure that nothing is blocking your vents.
Replace Your Filters
One of the easiest things you can do to make sure that your HVAC system is working properly is to replace or clean your filters. You should do this task once a month or once every three months, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. Replaceable filters are relatively inexpensive and filter care makes your system more energy efficient.
Retrofit Your HVAC Unit
If you would like to reduce the number of repairs for your HVAC unit or you do not have the time or money to fully replace your HVAC system, retrofitting may be the way to go. One option you have for retrofitting your HVAC unit is to replace certain components, like the air conditioning unit, the furnace, or parts of a unit, like the AC compressor. You may also think about switching to a mini-duct system, which is more energy efficient and takes a few days to install.
Yet another option you have is to switch to a ductless HVAC system. This has an advantage over a central HVAC system because it allows you to only warm or cool rooms that are in use.
Schedule Regular Professional HVAC Maintenance
You should also schedule annual or seasonal maintenance for your HVAC system. Johnny On The Spot recommends having annual preventive tune-ups, but you can have seasonal maintenance (before the heating and cooling seasons). This way, you will ensure that your HVAC system is always in good working order, catch HVAC issues before they arise, and avoid costly repairs.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Upgrading to a smart thermostat is one of the easiest things you can do to upgrade your HVAC system. Once installed, you can program your smart thermostat and it will learn your preferences after a few days.
Additionally, you can change the settings of your smart thermostat from anywhere. You just need to download an app to your smartphone or tablet.
When you need to address your HVAC system but have a full schedule, follow these tips to improve your system’s performance. Most of these options, like calling your closest HVAC service, only take a few minutes of your time, but all options will allow you to rest easier at the end of the day.
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