Jan 1, 2024 | Air Filters, Attic Insulation, Ceiling Fan, Condenser, Ductwork, HVAC Habits, HVAC System, Maintenance, Smart Thermostat, Vents

Have you made any resolutions for the New Year yet? Setting resolutions for a fresh start is a timeless tradition embraced by many around the world. It’s all about inspiring ourselves and making progress in different aspects of our lives. Today, we’re here to remind you not to forget about your HVAC system whilst making your resolutions. Why’s that? As your local HVAC Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling experts, we want to help you improve your HVAC habits for a more comfortable home, lower energy bills, and increase system efficiency throughout the year. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s explore these essential tips together. 

Resolve to Change Your Air Filters: The air filters in your HVAC system aren’t just random accessories. They work hard to filter out dirt, dust, and other particles, keeping the air clean and your system running smoothly. So, if your air filters are clogged, they can’t do their job as intended. Per industry standards, you should make it a point to change these filters every 1-2 months to maintain top performance and improve your home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Of course, the frequency might vary depending on your lifestyle, the number of people in your household, and how many fur babies you have at home!  

Resolve to Clean Your Vents: We often forget about vents when cleaning. There’s so much on the to-do list, right? When HVAC vents are laden down with dust particles, they can negatively impact the efficiency of your system as well as lower the IAQ in home. So, dusting and cleaning them regularly can really make a huge difference to the air within your home and how well the system performs. So, this year, try to make it a point to include them in your regular cleaning routine. 

Resolve to Clean Your Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures: Ceiling fans and light fixtures are another component that is often overlooked. While they may not be part of your HVAC system, dusty fans can still impact your home’s air quality. So, make sure to include this step in your cleaning routine. It’s another HVAC habit we think that’s worth adopting this year! 

Resolve to Get Smart Thermostat: Level up your HVAC maintenance with a smart thermostat! These cool gadgets allow you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere, set schedules, and receive alerts for repairs or maintenance. The best part? You’ll save energy and money in the long run. So, if you haven’t upgraded yet, give us a call for more info. Start the New Year off right with a smart thermostat. 

Resolve to Check Your Attic Insulation: Let’s chat about insulation. The insulation in your attic is a big deal when it comes to keeping your home cozy. If some rooms are always too hot or too cold, or if your HVAC system never seems to take a break, it might be because your attic insulation is lacking. Try checking the insulation depth if it’s safe for you to do so. Did you know that experts recommend having at least ten inches of insulation up there? If yours falls short, it may be time to start forming a plan to upgrade it this year to save energy and ultimately extend the life of your HVAC system. 

Resolve to Clean Your Ductwork: The ductwork in your home is responsible for spreading air all over the house. Over time, dust, hair, fur, and debris can accumulate, affecting both the efficiency of your HVAC system and the indoor air quality (IAQ). While it’s not something you have to do frequently, it’s a good idea to get your ductwork professionally cleaned every three to five years.  

Resolve to Keep Your Condenser Clear: If you want your condenser to stay in good shape for years to come, make sure to keep it free from dirt, debris, and clutter. It would be wise to perform a quick check around the unit every now and then, even during winter when it’s not in use. You’ll want to make sure nothing has fallen onto the unit directly or around it. This simple habit can help prevent any issues, breakdowns, or damage to the unit.  

Resolve to Schedule Your Maintenance Checks: Don’t underestimate how important annual maintenance checks are. Even if everything seems fine, these checkups are crucial to avoid long-term damage from unseen issues. You don’t want to wait for something to happen before calling a technician. Preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure your units keep running for years. Plus, keeping up with maintenance ensures your warranty stays intact. So, don’t skip on those seasonal checkups! 

In a nutshell, if you add these HVAC resolutions to your New Year’s goals, you’ll be committing to a well-maintained system, saving money, and enjoying year-round home comfort. Just keep in mind that staying on top of maintenance is important for prolonging the lifespan of your HVAC system and preventing any unexpected issues. 

For all your HVAC needs throughout the year, count on Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling. Call us at (513) 540-1716, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here


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