The HVAC system is one of the most complex and vital systems in your home, so it’s important to know how to keep it in optimal condition. Learning the answers to some FAQs can help:
Is Professional HVAC Maintenance Really Necessary?
Scheduling a maintenance visit twice a year is necessary for a number of reasons. A spring cooling system tuneup and a fall furnace inspection keeps the equipment running safely and efficiently. It’s also an opportunity to identify minor problems and get them corrected before a serious breakdown or failure occurs. During a preventive care visit, a technician can also advise you on ways to boost efficiency, such as sealing the ductwork.
Can I Do Anything to Improve Energy Efficiency?
The smartest way to maximize energy efficiency in between professional tuneups is to prevent airflow restrictions. Make sure your registers are open and free of obstructions, hose off the outdoor coil periodically, and clear away yard debris and tall vegetation from around the condenser unit. It’s also essential to check the system’s air filter monthly and replace it whenever dirt begins to accumulate.
How Can I Tell if My Equipment is Due for Replacement?
While it’s best to have an experienced professional assess your system and advise you whether replacement is warranted, there are certain warning signs to watch out for. If you’re experiencing comfort or humidity control issues, the HVAC equipment may not be properly sized or it may be nearing the end of its useful lifespan. If the equipment is over 10 years old and you’re facing frequent or costly repairs, replacing it is often the wisest choice.
What’s Involved in Sizing New HVAC Equipment?
Having properly-sized HVAC equipment impacts comfort, humidity control and energy consumption in your home, so it’s vital to invest in the correct capacity. Your HVAC pro should consider the square footage, orientation, insulation level, and other factors, then perform a detailed load calculation using specialized Manual J software.
For answers to your HVAC system questions, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We proudly serve Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties.