What Are HVAC Basics Every Homeowner Should Know?

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Life can get chaotic. Work, school, groceries, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and keeping up with your home’s maintenance can all be overwhelming. Of course, we know as a homeowner, you want to make sure everything is running smoothly and maintained properly concerning your HVAC system. But perhaps you aren’t quite sure where to start, or maybe you are looking for more efficient ways to utilize your residential HVAC system to its fullest capacity. If so, please continue reading the following tips and tricks from your local and trusted HVAC professionals at Eastland Heating & Cooling.

1. Is My Thermostat Upgraded?

An important thing to keep in mind is that if you have an energy-efficient HVAC system, your system will serve you best paired with an energy-efficient thermostat. Smart thermostats such as the Nest Learning Thermostat are extremely helpful due to their programmable features. Paired with the right system, a smart thermostat will work to reduce energy consumption, thus lowering your energy bills.

2. Are My Vents Closed?

Despite popular opinion, closing vents in unused rooms will not save energy. In fact, doing this has the opposite effect. Your HVAC system is designed to distribute airflow throughout your home evenly. So when a vent is blocked off, it only causes a blockage which confuses the system and causes unwanted issues.

3. When Was the Last Time I Changed My Air Filters?

Have you changed your air filters recently? If you haven’t, be sure to jump on that as soon as possible. Air filters trap and hold air contaminants and keep them from blowing back into the open air for you and your family to breathe. So when a filter is not changed regularly, it significantly affects the air quality within your home and results in airflow blockage. Our NATE-certified technicians suggest changing your air filters every 1-2 months. Don’t know how to change your air filters out? Don’t worry! We can assist you with this on your next maintenance check!

4. How Will I Know If Something is Wrong with My HVAC System?

HVAC disasters typically do not just occur out of nowhere—usually, signs or a series of events leading up to an issue. Your heating and cooling units have ways of signaling you to let you know something is wrong. As a homeowner, you should familiarize yourself with your HVAC system. If your system suddenly starts making a noise you usually don’t hear or putting off a weird smell, don’t ignore these signals! Neglecting to have these more minor issues checked out can lead to much more disastrous matters down the road.

5. When Should I Get My Units Serviced for Their Maintenance Checks?

In addition to paying attention to the signs your system sends you, we want to stress how much keeping up with your HVAC system’s maintenance checks makes all the difference in extending its lifespan. Scheduling your seasonal tune-ups in the spring and fall is the best way to practice preventative maintenance for your system. So, if you haven’t yet had your AC unit serviced this spring, you still got time! Call us today, and we will get you squared away!

6. What Type of HVAC System Do I Have & How Old Is It? 

Lastly, we think there are two essential pieces of information vital for you as a homeowner to know about your HVAC system. These would be the type of HVAC system you have and its age. Knowing this information can help you should any problem surface with either of your units. Also, keep in mind that the older your units get, the less energy-efficient they become. With technology always progressing, energy efficiency in older equipment decreases. So if you have an older unit, you may want to consider upgrading your whole home HVAC system.

If you need to schedule your spring tune-up & safety check, or if you are interested in upgrading to a smart thermostat, we can help! Perhaps you are interested in upgrading your HVAC system to a more energy-efficient unit; the great news is we offer free estimates! Let us help you with all of your HVAC needs. We will be sure to show what it means to experience five-star customer service! Call Eastland Heating & Cooling today at (614) 861-5203, or schedule an appointment by clicking here!

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