Your car probably has lights on the dashboard telling you when to change the oil or put air in the tires. The HVAC system in your home doesn’t come with warning lights, but keeping up with its maintenance can cut your energy bill and make sure your family is comfortable this winter.
Luckily, you can take simple DIY steps to keep your home’s HVAC system in good condition. Of course, if you have a serious problem or an emergency, our pros at Lee Company are here to help 24/7/365.
Clean the air vents
You should vacuum out the air vents regularly. This keeps the vents clean and allows air to flow freely, regulating the temperature in your home.
Cleaning air vents on a regular schedule will help everyone in your home breathe easier. Consider scheduling air duct cleaning to remove buildup if you notice extensive dirt and grime on your vents.
Replace the air filters
Checking your air filters regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep your HVAC running efficiently. We recommend you check them every month and clean or replace them at least every three months. If you see a lot of dirt on the filter, clean or replace it right away.
Test your thermostat
If your thermostat isn’t working properly, you might need to simply replace the batteries. We offer quick tutorials on our website to show you how to operate a programmable thermostat.
Check the coils
Condenser and heating coils can become dirty and cause your HVAC system to become less efficient. These are not parts of the system that you’ll want to attempt to clean yourself. It’s best to call a professional.
Replace your old HVAC
A new HVAC system is costly, but if it’s old and inefficient, investing in a new one can save you money by significantly lowering your annual energy bill.
Your HVAC has a SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It measures the amount of electricity your HVAC’s air conditioning system uses. An old system with a SEER of nine uses about 40 percent more energy than a newer system with a rating of 15. Some systems have SEER ratings that are even higher. With the energy savings, your new HVAC system could pay for itself in just a few years.
Contact Lee Company to learn how HVAC financing can ease the financial burden if your old system breaks down.
Last but not least: Preventive HVAC Maintenance
As you already know, we’re here and happy to help you with your preventative maintenance needs. Lee Company’s HVAC pros can check your HVAC system and provide the best solutions for your home. Join our Home Maintenance Plan and receive annual HVAC inspections of your heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems for less than $9 per month. Plan members also receive discounts on service calls, parts and labor, new installations and renovations, and priority service with no emergency service rates.
Kyle Herndon, HVAC Service Manager, Home Services for Lee Company – leecompany.com