Happy New Year’s from your AC and furnace installation and repair experts at A+ Services! Our technicians wanted to remind you as you are working on your New Year’s resolutions to not forget about making resolutions for your home and your heating and cooling system. It is easy to overlook the things we take for granted around our homes like heat in the winter and AC in the summer.
Whether you are considering a new system or are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your existing system and home, we encourage you to review these nine HVAC system and home improvement resolutions.
1. Change your air filter regularly and often.
At the very top of your New Year’s resolution list should be to make it a habit to inspect your air filter every month. We recommend setting a repeating reminder on your smartphone to do this on the 1st of every month.
If you notice the filter looks dirty, change it. Even if you have a 90-day or 180-day filter and you still have a month or more left, don’t wait. A dirty filter causes your heating and cooling system to work harder, increases energy bills, and can lead to premature system failure.
2. Seal up air leaks correctly.
If you are still using those plastic wintertime insulation kits to keep your home warmer, make it a point in 2019 to fix the air leaks correctly. This could involve replacing older windows and doors, resealing windows with new caulk, adding more insulation, and other such things. When your home is properly sealed and insulated, it will help reduce your energy bills year-round and maintain more even temperatures inside the home.
3. Upgrade to a “smart” programmable thermostat.
A new “smart” programmable thermostat allows you to better regulate your home’s heating and cooling temperatures. You can program different temperature levels into the thermostat, such as turning down your furnace in the day when everyone is at work and school. Then you can have another setting that automatically adjusts the temperature back up a few degrees right before you get home so you arrive at a warm home.
4. Install ceiling fans throughout your home.
Ceiling fans can help evenly regulate the air temperatures inside your home. In the summertime, if you have them set correctly, you will notice the air in your home feels much cooler. Come winter, reverse the direction of the fans to force hot air off the ceiling and back into the room.
As an added bonus of installing and using ceiling fans, you can turn your thermostat up or down a few degrees, depending on the time of year, which will help reduce your energy bills. With the fans working to regulate air temperatures, you are more comfortable and won’t even notice the few degrees difference.
5. Schedule a tune-up of your heating and cooling system.
To ensure your HVAC system is operating correctly and the most efficiently, you want to have it serviced at least twice a year. Most homeowners have their systems serviced in the fall and again in the spring. This way, they know they will have heat in the winter and cooled air in the summer.
Not to mention, regular maintenance helps identify potential problems before they become major ones. Finding and fixing minor issues now also means you will not have to worry about emergency service calls for systems that break down and stop working.
6. Have your air ducts sealed and cleaned.
If there are small air leaks in your ductwork, it allows heated and cooled air to be drawn into your home. As the air circulates back through the return air vent, it causes your furnace or air conditioner to work harder since it has to heat or cool the air that is leaking into the home through the air ducts.
These air leaks can also draw in dust and dirt. When dust and dirt levels increase inside the home, it lowers the overall indoor air quality. In addition, your air filters will need to be changed more frequently. A good indication of an air duct air leak is if you notice your home gets dusty really fast.
7. Invest in a humidifier/dehumidifier system.
During the winter months, you need to add humidity to indoor air because humidity levels can be almost non-existent. When there is very little humidity in the air, it is not good for our health or our homes. Low humidity can cause wood to dry out, paint and wallpaper to peel, skin to dry and chap, and it can increase the spread of colds and flu and the amount of indoor air pollution.
In the summer, when humidity levels increase, you want to remove the excess humidity with a dehumidifier. When there is too much humidity in the air inside your home, it makes us feel hotter. It also contributes to the growth of mold and mildew throughout the home, even in places we cannot see.
By investing in a decent system, you can regulate and maintain a consistent level of humidity inside your home. As an added bonus, when there is more humidity in the home in the wintertime, you will feel warmer, so you can turn down your thermostat a few degrees.
Conversely, in the summer, by removing excess humidity from indoor air, you will feel cooler inside your home. You can turn your thermostat up a few degrees and still be comfortable on the hottest summer days.
If you also installed and use ceiling fans, you can double your rewards and be able to turn your thermostat up or down four to six degrees. Imagine the energy savings you could experience year-round!
8. Reduce the amount of indoor air pollution inside your home.
By improving the indoor air quality inside your home, it helps your heating and cooling system to work more efficiently. There will be fewer impurities for the system to remove through the air filter. An effective way to do this is by investing in an air purifier system.
There are all sorts of different types of air purifiers. Talk to your air conditioning and furnace repair service technician to find out which type of purifier would be best for your home.
9. Upgrade your old HVAC system to a new, modern energy-efficient system.
If your furnace and air conditioning system is getting up there in age, you will want to start considering when the best time to upgrade and replace it will be. The longer a system is in operation, the less energy-efficient it becomes.
Most people start thinking about upgrading their HVAC systems when they are around 15 years old. If you have taken care of your current system, it is easy to get 15 reliable years out of it. It is after this time that your system can start to cost you more in maintenance and repairs. Eventually, the system can get to the point you are spending more to keep it up and working than it would be to upgrade and replace it.
Bonus HVAC System Resolution Tip
Even if you are not ready to upgrade your HVAC system in 2019, it can be a good idea to open a new savings account and start setting aside money each month to help cover the costs of a new system later. You can get an estimate of how much a new system costs from A+ Services.
Once you have your estimate, divide the cost by the number of months before you want to purchase the new system. Do keep in mind costs could increase over time, but you should have most of the costs for a new system saved up for when you are ready to buy it and have it installed.
For help working on these New Year’s resolutions for your home and heating and cooling system, please feel free to contact A+ Services at 360-491-2900 today. Our service technicians provide outstanding customer service by focusing on you and your home’s needs.
We provide professional repairs and installations for residential HVAC systems, plumbing, water heaters, septic systems, indoor air quality, and electrical services. Our family owned and operated company has been servicing the Olympia, Thurston and Pierce County Areas for over 22 years.