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

Have you established your resolutions for the New Year? Setting New Year’s resolutions is a timeless tradition embraced by many worldwide. It serves to inspire and drive progress in various aspects of our lives. Today, we are here to remind you not to overlook the inclusion of your HVAC system in your resolutions. Why? As your local experts at Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air, we aim to assist you in improving your HVAC habits to positively impact your home’s comfort, energy bills, and overall HVAC system efficiency throughout the year. So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s delve into these eight essential tips. 

  1. Air Filters: The air filters in your HVAC system are more than mere accessories. They play a vital role in filtering out dirt, dust, and other particles, ensuring clean air and smooth system operation. Therefore, it is recommended you change these filters every 1-2 months to maintain optimal performance and improve your home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). However, please note that the frequency may vary depending on your lifestyle, the number of occupants in your household, and the presence of pets. 
  1. Vents: It is not uncommon for vents to be overlooked during cleaning. With a long checklist to tackle, it’s easy to forget about them. However, it’s important to recognize the significant role these vents play in the functionality of our HVAC system. Regular dusting and cleaning can make a substantial difference in the air quality we breathe and the overall performance of the system. Therefore, it is advisable to include vent cleaning as part of your routine maintenance to effectively eliminate those bothersome dust particles. 
  1. Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures: Ceiling fans and light fixtures are also often overlooked, but they can still impact indoor air quality when filled with dust. So, be sure to add this step to your cleaning routine, too. 
  1. Smart Thermostat: Enhance your HVAC maintenance with a smart thermostat! These innovative devices allow you to remotely control your home’s temperature, set schedules, and receive alerts for repairs or maintenance. The greatest advantage? Long-term energy and cost savings. If you haven’t upgraded yet, contact us for further details. Start your New Year on the right foot with a reliable start and a smart thermostat. 
  1. Attic Insulation: Let’s discuss the importance of insulation. Adequate attic insulation plays a large role in maintaining the comfort of your home. If certain rooms consistently feel too hot or too cold, or if your HVAC system seems to run non-stop, inadequate attic insulation could be the culprit. Experts recommend having a minimum of ten inches of insulation. If your insulation falls short, consider upgrading this year to improve energy efficiency and potentially prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system. 
  1. Ductwork: The ductwork in your home is responsible for efficiently distributing air throughout the house. Over time, the accumulation of dust, hair, fur, and debris can hinder the performance of your HVAC system and negatively impact indoor air quality (IAQ). While not required frequently, homeowners should have their ductwork professionally cleaned approximately every three to five years. 
  1. Condenser: The condenser, situated outdoors, can be susceptible to damage if it becomes surrounded by dirt, debris, and outdoor clutter. Make it a point to regularly inspect and clear the area around it to ensure its prolonged functionality. This simple practice helps prevent any unnecessary issues, breakdowns, or harm to the unit. Even during the winter months when the condenser is not in use, we still suggest you periodically examine it to ensure no objects have fallen onto or are near the condenser.  
  1. Maintenance Checks: Never underestimate the significance of annual maintenance checks. Even if everything appears to be functioning smoothly, these checkups are imperative in order to prevent long-term damage. Waiting for an issue to arise and then seeking technical assistance is never a good idea. Implementing preventative maintenance is the most effective way to ensure the longevity of your units. Additionally, keeping up with maintenance guarantees the preservation of your manufacturer’s warranty. So, it’s a no-brainer as to why you should stay up to date with your seasonal checkups. 

In conclusion, integrating these HVAC resolutions into your New Year’s goals entails a dedication to maintaining a well-functioning system, achieving cost savings, and experiencing consistent home comfort throughout the year. Remember, proactive maintenance is key in order to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system and mitigate unforeseen complications. 

For all your HVAC needs throughout the year, count on Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air. Call us at (614) 490-7520, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here