Ahh, March. Comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb…or is it the other way around? Hard to tell here in Colorado where Mother Nature can be as unpredictable as a cat on catnip in a rainstorm. As confusing and volatile as the weather can be, you can bet that home heating and cooling routines get especially boggled during the changing of the seasons. It’s a year-round task to make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly, and we can show you how to make sure it stays that way with these tips:
- Perform monthly checks on your furnace filter, and replace every 3 months at most. Have an extra one on hand at all times. Heavy heating use in the winter may make it necessary to change more frequently than every 3 months. We cannot stress this enough! A dirty or clogged filter can be the cause of many common HVAC system/parts failure. So save some money and check it, Honey.
- Check the return air registers and grilles to make sure they are not blocked or shut. When your home air system was built, it was designed for optimal performance with all returns open to draw air back to the furnace. Changing this dynamic can cause airflow restriction and even cause your system to overheat. No Bueno.
- Look for any rugs or furniture that may be blocking air vents. It’s ok to purposely shut off airflow to desired areas. However, make sure no more than 20% of the dwelling’s air vents are shut as this could cause problems with your HVAC system. If there is a need to shut off heating/cooling in several areas frequently or for prolonged periods, consider installing a zoning system to cut your energy costs. (Yeah, we can do that!)
- Keep flammable items away from your furnace. Just like a flame, keep combustibles at a safe distance when storing them in the furnace room. To be safe, consider storing them in another area altogether.
- Heating/cooling byproducts such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide need to exit the dwelling through blockage-free exterior vents and chimneys. Likewise, fresh air intakes need to be free flowing in order to provide the proper ventilation for a safe and efficient home HVAC system.
Good news: All of these tips give ways to perform your own preventative maintenance (PM). They help prolong the life of your existing system by fending off costly repairs that are easily prevented with routine checking and cleaning. In addition to what you can do on your own, you can schedule a system check and clean where we will come inspect the filter and safeties, check for gas leaks and CO leaks. We’ll check operation and make sure your system is running as desired; no matter if the weather decides to be a lion or a lamb!