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Your 2018 HVAC Resolution

Your 2018 HVAC Resolution

As we kick off 2018, everyone seems to be focussing on their New Year’s Resolutions.  Whether that includes eating healthier, getting back into the gym, or kicking a habit, harness that same motivation to keep your home’s HVAC system in top shape throughout the next 12 months!  Use these tips to create your own 2018 HVAC resolution – you’ll stay ahead of the home maintenance curve and make your life easier down the road.

Start with a clean slate

With it being a new year and all, you should give your HVAC system a fresh start! A new air filter is a great way to kick off your 2018 HVAC resolution.  This is incredibly important at this time of the year for a few reasons:

  • With people coming and going throughout the holidays, more dust and dirt will have entered your home
  • We’re at the beginning of Cedar Fever season in Austin. The less cedar pollen in your home, the better.
  • A fresh filter will make sure your system is drawing in the cleanest air possible to circulate throughout your home
  • A clean filter means less strain on your HVAC system

Changing your filter is easy to do and should be done regularly.  If you have seasonal allergies, this time of year can be rough.  Changing your filter monthly or even bi-weekly helps to keep the amount of allergens and dust in your home to a minimum.  If you have any questions about your system or which filter is the best choice for your home, give us a call!

Do some early spring cleaning

Like all good plans for the new year, your HVAC resolution will include some cleaning! Generally speaking, the first few months of the year brings storms and high wind to central Texas. Tree branches and other debris can accumulate around the outdoor portion of your HVAC system which can cause a multitude of problems down the road. The rule of thumb is to keep at least 2 feet of horizontal space between your condenser and any structures, fences, or foliage to properly allow your system to breathe. Clutter around your condenser will cause your system to work much harder than necessary, adding wear and tear that could be avoided.  If you want to be really proactive, you could build a small fence or barrier around your condenser.  This serves two purposes: ensuring that your unit has enough room to breathe and keeps your unit out of sight. Speaking of cleaning, take a look at the vents in your home.  Make sure none are dirty or blocked.  If you are unsure whether your vents are excessively dirty or if you would like to schedule a cleaning, drop us a line!

Schedule a check-up

Your system is a huge investment.  As such, your HVAC resolution should definitely include keeping your system running at full capacity for as long as possible.  The only way to ensure that this happens is to schedule routine maintenance appointments on a yearly basis, or even every six months. One small malfunctioning component can substantially affect how efficiently your system operates, and if you wait until that component causes a major problem, the fix is going to be much bigger and much more expensive.  It’s much better to find out that you have a small problem and address it promptly than to end up without heat during a winter storm.  By scheduling a routine maintenance appointment, you’re setting your HVAC system up for success in the coming year and ensuring that you get the most out of your system through its entire lifespan. You can schedule an appointment here!

Think about improvements

Once you’re sure that your system is prepared for the coming year, it’s time to think about how you can improve your current system.  A smart thermostat is almost a no-brainer if you’re concerned about your system’s efficiency.  You can’t beat being able to adjust your home’s temperature from your phone, or being able to set a scheduled time for your home to cool off/warm up during the day.  If you are susceptible to seasonal allergies, an air purification system is perfect for you.  It’ll turn your home into an oasis away from the dust, mold, and pollen of the outside world. If you’ve got an HVAC system that’s over 10 years old or can tell that it’s laboring towards the end of its life cycle, 2018 might be the year to upgrade to a new system altogether! If you have any questions about upgrading your current system or adding components to your current system, let’s chat!

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