A modern HVAC system can be the most important appliance for ensuring your home's interior is comfortable. Yet, homeowners often take their heating and cooling systems for granted, but you can make sure that your HVAC system is performing as effectively as possible through the use of some simple tips.
Ensure The Exterior Unit Is Receiving Sufficient Airflow
Overlooking the exterior air conditioning unit is a routine mistake for both new and experienced homeowners to make. Failing to ensure that this unit is getting ample airflow can lead to your system being unable to effectively cool the house while increasing the energy costs and maintenance needs of the system.
To minimize these problems, you will want to make sure that there are no large objects or plants near the exterior unit as these items may restrict the amount of air that your system can intake. Furthermore, regularly cleaning the exterior unit's vents will help to make sure that dust and dirt have not started to obstruct the system. When cleaning the exterior unit, use a sponge to gently scrub each vent, but avoid using soap. If you use soap, it can leave a sticky layer of residue on the vent, which may expedite the accumulation of these substances.
Understand The Benefits Of Adding A Humidifier And A Dehumidifier
Using your HVAC system can have profound impacts on the humidity levels inside your home. For example, your heater can strip moisture out of the cold winter air, but the air conditioning system can lead to condensation forming during the more humid summers. This can lead to skin irritations, moisture damage, and breathing issues for those inside the home. Correcting these issues will require making a couple of modifications to your heating and cooling systems. Luckily, most modern systems are designed to support humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
Have Your Ducting Inspected For Leaks
Many homeowners do not realize that their ductwork can be one of the largest sources of inefficiency in their entire HVAC system. If the original ducting was installed incorrectly, it may have gaps in it that allows the heated or cooled air to escape.
Luckily, an experienced HVAC service can inspect your ducting to determine whether it is needing to be sealed. When sealing the ductwork, a layer of specially designed tape will be applied over the joints and gaps in the ducting. This will prevent air from escaping, which can lead to an immediate improvement in the performance of your system and the comfort in your home.