woman adjusting thermostat in kitchen of home

The main purpose of your HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system) is to help you improve the quality of your indoor air and provide your home with good ventilation and filtration, as well as provide the space with thermal comfort.

These systems are huge energy consumers, and the rates can rise even higher if they are not properly maintained. Moreover, the design and installation of the HVAC go hand in hand with the performance goals and can significantly influence energy consumption.

However, your engineer in charge can design a system that will still be cons-effective and successful in providing you with good air quality.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep your HVAC well-maintained and cost-effective.

man replacing air filters in HVAC system

Focus on Cleaning Filters 

If we critically observe the situation, we will notice that HVAC systems with clogged filters spend up to 15% more energy simply because of the fact that they need to employ more power to run efficiently.

So, regularly cleaning your filters will spare you from paying much more money for running the system. You are given two options, either to hire an HVAC repair service that is reliable and offers you long-lasting results, or to try doing it yourself.

However, it is always much better to call in the professionals to clean the filters and check out the entire system since they may spot something that you may overlook. 

Removing Obstructions 

Your HVAC should be freed from all of the obstructions that could possibly prevent air from smoothly flowing.

So, keeping plants and other objects away from the systems can help them work in a much more efficient way without the need to invest more power for optimal work.

There is also one more thing to give thought to. Not only the external obstructions that can cause problems with the airflow, things such as pests and their nests, as well as dust lumps can cause significant damage to your HVAC.

Upgrade the Thermostat 

A good thermostat will practically do the job on its own, adjust the temperature settings, and will have smooth communication with the heating and cooling units, which will eventually result in a more efficient operation.

In addition, you can also adjust them to work more while you are at home and optimize their work while you are away. This can help you save an immense amount of energy, which will have a great impact on your energy bills as well. 

You Can Help the System Out 

One of the best ways to preserve the good state of your HVAC is to use it less or try to help it out in some particular ways. Your air conditioner or heater works on temperature control on its own.

So, if you want to help your HVAC out a bit, you can tint the windows, keep sunlight away with the blinds or drapes, or even turn on the ceiling fans. This is especially useful during those hot days when your air conditioner puts in a bit too much effort into keeping the space cool.

On the other hand, when the winter kicks in, you can help your HVAC as well. You can wear a bit warmer clothes, let some sunshine in, and eat warm food. This will help you raise your body temperature. This does not mean that you should be freezing, just to reduce the temperature by a couple of degrees.

Another good piece of advice is to keep your AC out of direct sunlight because it can raise the temperature and make it work extra hard. So, installing an awning to give it shade is a cost-effective investment. 

Don’t Forget to Replace the Fuses 

The fuses are temporary, and they are not predicted to have a long lifespan. On the other hand, your HVAC is meant to last much longer than its fuses. You should replace the fuses every couple of months.

You should call in the repair system for this intervention. It is not recommended for you to try changing the fuses since you can severely injure yourself or even cause certain problems with the power supply. 

HVAC is probably one of the most expensive parts of our home and it, therefore, requires proper maintenance.

There are many things you can do for your HVAC, from using small tricks to help it operate more smoothly and cost-effective to changing the most important parts of it and giving them a regular professional inspection.

So, it is to your best advantage to give it the necessary attention and avoid severe HVAC damage that can cost you a hefty sum of money.