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3 Tips to Keep Your HVAC System in Good Shape in 2020

Starting to think about your New Year’s resolutions? As you make your list, don’t forget about your HVAC system!

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Tip #1: Change your air filter regularly

We get thousands of repair calls every year, and a surprising amount could be prevented by simply changing a dirty air filter.

You see, if you don’t change your air filter when it’s dirty, it suffocates your HVAC system. It’s like trying to breathe with a thick blanket over your face.

When your HVAC system is starved for air, it has to work overtime to heat or cool your home. You’ll notice problems such as:

  • Frequent repairs 
  • High energy bills
  • Persistent system shut downs

To avoid these problems, we recommend checking your air filter every month during the summer and winter, and every other month during fall and spring. 

If your filter is dirty like the one on the right in the image below, replace it with a new one.

Tip #2: Leave your registers (vents) open

There’s a common myth that you’ll save money by leaving registers closed in unoccupied rooms. However, the opposite is actually true. 

Similar to the dirty filter issue we mentioned above, closed vents restrict airflow to your HVAC system, which will make your system work harder to heat/cool your home. 

Because your HVAC will have to run longer to heat/cool your home, it will use more energy, which will lead to increased bills and more wear and tear on internal components.

So, leave all of your vents open—even in unoccupied rooms. Doing so will save you money and preserve the life of your HVAC system.

Tip #3: Have your HVAC system maintained by a pro twice a year

According to Energy Star, getting regular maintenance for your HVAC system provides benefits such as:

  • Fewer repairs, because parts are cleaned and lubricated during a tune-up
  • Lower energy bills, because the system will be running at peak performance

Plus, most HVAC equipment manufacturers require proof that you had your system maintained by a professional before they will honor your warranty. The next time you face an expensive repair, you’ll definitely wish you have a valid warranty to help offset the cost of the repair.

We recommend getting an AC tune-up in the spring, right before summer hits. Similarly, we recommend getting a heating tune-up in the fall before winter hits. Getting your tune-ups in the mild seasons will ensure your HVAC system is prepared for the high demands of summer and winter.

Note: We offer a maintenance plan that includes additional benefits such as a 10% discount on repairs and no trip charge fees.

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Keep us in mind throughout the year for all of your heating, cooling and plumbing needs. We offer same-day service and 100% satisfaction guarantees on all of our work.

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