HVAC is not so much an expense, but an investment that will yield you results for a long period. It not only gives you ultimate comfort, but also helps you save money if you use it efficiently. In fact, just like any other investment, your investment in HVAC also needs proper "care". By care, we mean you should ensure that your HVAC system is operating smoothly.
However, to err is human; and homeowners often make mistakes, or show carelessness with their HVAC systems. What’s more concerning is that they have no idea they are being careless!
So here are some common bad HVAC habits, and how you can avoid them.
1) Not Being Able To Change The Filters Regularly
Ok, it will be harsh to blame the homeowners for not changing the filter on time. That is because you generally have to change it once a month. Or, if you have pets that shed a lot, then you need to change them at least twice a month. Obviously, when you have to do something monthly, you often forget it.
However, when you fail to change the filter regularly, it starts building debris which impedes the proper airflow. Ultimately, your HVAC system will have to work harder to maintain your desired temperature, increasing the energy bills. Moreover, a clogged filter may also fail to catch the debris or dirt, and let it pass through. This can lead to other problems as well.
2) Ignoring Small Issues
Another common mistake homeowners often make is that they ignore small issues during regular inspection or maintenance. For instance, if you have hired expert technicians such as Quick Air, and they suggest you replace a minor old part with a new one, then you should consider it seriously. Why? It may not affect your HVAC system right now, but it will worsen with time, and the solution will be more expensive then. That's why they say, “A stitch in time saves nine”.
3) Adjust The Thermostat More Often
Most of us may not be aware of the fact that your HVAC system consumes more energy when you start it up. Therefore, if you keep changing your thermostat settings, your system will have to start again and again, consuming more energy and increasing your energy bill.
Moreover, people often turn up the thermostat higher than the temperature they desire. They believe that it will heat up their room/home faster. Well, it doesn't work like that, but it surely causes a massive spike in your energy bill.
4) Placing Plants Extremely Close To The Outdoor Units
The outdoor unit needs proper ventilation for your HVAC system to work properly. If you have plants close to your outdoor unit, then that’s not a wise thing; here is why:
- Debris or plant leaves can easily pile up and disturb the ventilation system.
- Pests and rodents often find plants a suitable place for their nests, causing further problems.
Therefore, make sure you allow your HVAC system proper ventilation. To know how much clearance is required around your outdoor unit, see this article.
5) Going DIY Every Time
Well, yes, there are some basic problems which you can solve on your own. But, people often try their luck on complex things. HVAC systems are pretty complex, and you need complete knowledge if you are trying to solve a serious technical fault. If you don't have the required skills, you will only make things worse. That's why it is highly recommended to call a professional air conditioner service, such as Quick Air, to get things done professionally and effectively.
So, if you are looking to hire a professional service for cleaning or repairing your HVAC system, Quick Air will be happy to serve you. Just give us a call at 1300 730 896 or visit our website https://getquickair.com.au/ for further information.