As the days get cooler, your home heating requirements increase, which means you need an HVAC system that you can rely on. In preparation for the coming heating season, heating and air conditioning company Kemnitz discusses some common HVAC mistakes that you should avoid.
Not Replacing the Air Filter — The air filter is an essential part of your HVAC system. It traps particles and contaminants, including dust, pollen and microorganisms. Air filters eventually get clogged after continuous use, and if not replaced the accumulated dirt and dust becomes a barrier that restricts airflow. As a result, the required output from the HVAC system is increased, as is energy consumption. Air filters typically require replacement every three months, but you should keep an eye on it during seasons of heavy use, as it may get clogged more quickly and require replacement within a month’s time.
Neglecting the Air Ducts — There are two things about air ducts that you should keep in mind. One, they may develop leaks, and two, dust and other particles can get stuck within and eventually recirculate. Neglecting leaky ducts is like using a leaky garden hose: it still works, but you’ll end up wasting the water that escapes through the cracks. This is why air ducts need to be cleaned and resealed every three to five years. A properly-maintained air duct system helps keep the entire HVAC system efficient and reduces the likelihood that a heating repair will be necessary.
Not Updating Your Thermostat — If you’re still using a traditional thermostat, you could be missing out on the energy savings afforded by a programmable thermostat. You can, for example, set a schedule that reduces HVAC output when your family is out for the day. Certain types of thermostats even let you program separate weekend settings.
Ignoring Refrigerant Leaks — One of the most common misconceptions about refrigerant is that it’s consumed like fuel. But the truth is, a leak-free reversible heat pump/air conditioning system can provide heating and cooling non-stop throughout the year as long as the refrigerant doesn’t leak. Refrigerant is the life force of the HVAC system, which is why leaks should be treated like fatal wounds. Not addressing leaks can result in decreased output and higher energy consumption as the heat pump compensates. A capable HVAC technician should be able to address the leak and refill the refrigerant.
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Kemnitz Air Conditioning & Heating Inc, your leading provider of HVAC services, specializes in Carrier heater repair. Give us a call at (949) 467-9157 or fill out our contact form for service. We serve customers in Irvine and surrounding areas.
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