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

As we enter January, embracing the start of a new year filled with possibilities, it is likely that you have set New Year’s resolutions to improve various aspects of your life—financially, academically, physically, or personally. This age-old tradition, originating from the ancient Babylonians, was initially intended to honor their king and usher in a prosperous farming season. In the same regard, now is the perfect time to set new resolutions for your HVAC system, too! 

LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling wants to help you make sure your HVAC system runs as it’s intended to this year. Our team of local experts is committed to not only improving your life but also enhancing your HVAC maintenance habits. As a homeowner, it’s important to ensure the smooth operation of your system, and we can help you achieve that through eight crucial steps. By following these steps, you can amplify your HVAC habits and ensure a hassle-free year ahead.  

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance 

Seasonal maintenance checks are essential. So, please resist the urge to skip them, even when everything appears fine. These checks are your proactive approach to preventive care, addressing minor issues before they escalate. By skipping maintenance checks, not only do you risk long-term damage, but you also void your manufacturer’s warranty. Therefore, make it a priority to stay ahead with seasonal checks. You should schedule one for your AC in the spring and another for your furnace before its fall debut. 

Change Air Filter 

Maintain an effective routine by regularly changing your air filters every 1-2 months. Dirty filters strain your system, leading to higher energy consumption and costs. Following industry standards of the recommended timeframe ensures optimal HVAC unit performance throughout the year.  

Clean HVAC Vents 

HVAC vents often get easily overlooked. But keep in mind that regularly cleaning your HVAC vents is crucial to maintaining good air quality and optimal HVAC efficiency. By incorporating this simple step into your cleaning routine, you can significantly improve the overall air quality in your living environment. 

CHANGE YOUR Thermostat

Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat if you have not done so already! With a smart thermostat, you can gain control over your home’s temperature remotely, save energy, and sync temperatures with your weekly schedule. Smart thermostats offer convenience and energy efficiency, making them a worthwhile investment. Start your year off with a smart thermostat. Feel free to contact us for more information! 

Check Your Attic Insulation 

Ensure optimal temperature control and reduce strain on your HVAC system by evaluating your attic insulation. Experts recommend a minimum of ten inches of insulation. So, if your current insulation falls short, you should consider upgrading it to enhance energy efficiency and maintain a well-regulated home environment.  

Clean YOUR Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures   

Just like your HVAC vents, keeping your ceiling fans and light fixtures clean is crucial for maintaining good indoor air quality in your home. Add them to your regular cleaning routine to prevent dust build-up and ensure that they don’t strain your HVAC system. Regular cleaning will help maintain indoor air quality and keep your HVAC system running smoothly.  

Check on the Condenser   

Another thing you should resolve to regularly check is your condenser and the area around it. Even during the winter months when your AC is not in use, you should still perform a brief and occasional inspection. What you are looking for is outdoor items, branches, or sticks that may have fallen onto or around the unit. When this occurs and it is left unchecked for a period of time, it could damage the unit or cause issues. This simple practice promotes the longevity of your system. This year, make it a point to take a quick look at your condenser every now and then to prevent any unnecessary HVAC issues and protect your condenser from damage. 

Clean Your Ducts   

Over time, your ductwork will naturally accumulate dust, loose debris, and other airborne particles. It’s important to note that dirty or clogged ducts can impact HVAC efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ). Since clean ducts play a crucial role in promoting a healthier living space, you should have your ducts cleaned about every three to five years. So, if you can’t recall the last time your ducts were professionally cleaned, this is a good indication that this year is the perfect time to get it done! 

By incorporating these eight HVAC resolutions into your yearly plan, you can set the stage for a healthier and more efficient HVAC system. Consistent good practices and positive HVAC habits will help keep HVAC issues away, thus ensuring a smooth and trouble-free year. Rest assured that our expertise and commitment to providing a vast array of home services will give you the confidence and peace of mind you deserve. 

Call LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling at any time all year (614) 837-4822, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here