More families have decided to go green and reduce their carbon footprint. There are a ton of reasons why including helping the environment, improving their overall health, and of course saving money. Though there are a lot of ways that you could begin to create a more eco-friendly home, one of the main components is keeping up with its systems. Parts of the home like the electric, plumbing, and in this case, the heating and cooling make a big difference in your home’s efficiency.
How Poor HVAC Maintenance Hurts Your Family (And Wallet)
When you don’t take proper care of your heating and cooling system, it can have negative effects on your home, family, and budget. When a heater or air conditioner aren’t tended to for a while, they can quickly become cluttered with debris and dust. As it gets clogged in the system, it causes the units to have to use more energy (increasing carbon footprint) to work just as efficiently.
The more energy used, the higher your energy bill. Not to mention, as the air is released from the vents, you’ll find the air quality is a lot poorer as the debris and dust flies around. This is extremely hard for households who have an allergy or asthma sufferers. Systems that are forced to work harder end up breaking down a lot faster. This means that you’ll end up having to pay for more costly repairs as well as replace your HVAC system sooner than necessary.
Now that you have a clearer understanding of how an inefficient heating and cooling system can impact your family, let’s look at some ways to maintain it.
Air Filters – Air filters are part of your HVAC system and are responsible for making sure that the air pushed out into the home is free of debris, dust, and other allergens. You need to make sure that you’re inspecting the filters at least once a month in your furnace, heat pump, and air conditioner. If they are dirty or damaged, they need to be replaced right away.
Maintenance Contracts – Though there are some parts of your heating and cooling system that you can maintain on your own, there are other things that aren’t so easy. For instance, duct cleaning as well as cleaning the condenser coils and evaporators needs to be done at least once a year to keep your system working efficiently. These tasks, however, can be challenging if you don’t have the right equipment. You should have an HVAC contractor come out annually to perform inspections and thoroughly maintain the parts of the system you can’t do on your own. A good cleaning and a few replacement parts will get your heating and cooling systems back in tip-top shape. Many companies and contractors offer annual plans to increase your savings.
Blockages – If you have a central air unit that’s outside of the home it is imperative that you keep anything from blocking the airways. Things like bushes and tree limbs can easily get caught making it difficult for the air to flow into your home properly. This will cause you to crank the system up using more energy. You can prevent blockages and obstacles like this by trimming your bushes and trees to keep them clear from your HVAC unit.
Install a Thermostat – Managing the temperature in your home is important if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and save money. If you don’t already have one in the home, have an electrician or HVAC contractor install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to keep temperatures at a comfortable level when you’re home or away to reduce energy consumption and costs.
Every parent wants their children to be able to grow up in a safe and decent environment. Reducing your carbon footprint is a great way to help this goal be possible. By taking care of systems like your heater and air conditioner, you maintain their efficiency. An efficient system runs on less energy, therefore saving money while helping to make the environment a better place to live.