Every summer we’re called out to homes throughout Hancock County to service broken, malfunctioning, or barely working HVAC systems. When it’s the dead middle of the hot season and the sun is beating down on your home, a broken AC system can be unpleasant at best and even downright dangerous at worst – so we make it a priority to get out to those homes as soon as we can. What do we find on most of these service calls? That a little bit of preventative maintenance and upkeep could have avoided these issues entirely. If you’re not sure what you can do to avoid situations like this, keep reading to learn about the biggest HVAC mistakes to avoid this summer!
HVAC Mistakes to Avoid this Summer
Forgetting to change your air filters
If you’re a frequent reader of our blog, this one won’t surprise you! One of the biggest HVAC mistakes you can make is ignoring your air filters. Air filters are one of the most important parts of your HVAC system. They keep dust, pollen, pet dander, and all the other pollutants circulating throughout your home out of your duct system. When these particulates clog up your filter, your AC system has to work considerably harder to pull air through them – which results in an undue strain.
You should change your air filter every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter you have and your living situation (IE, if you smoke inside, have pets, etc.)
Trying to save a couple bucks by putting off that HVAC system tune up
Look, we get it. Times are getting tough and the lure of saving a couple bucks when and where you can is strong. However, your AC system is begging you – don’t skip your yearly HVAC tune up!
Your HVAC system should be serviced by a qualified technician at least once a year. On almost every single tune up we perform, we find issues (or the beginning of issues) that we can fix before they become big problems. If these issues are ignored, they can end up being a whole lot more expensive down the line.
Overworking your HVAC system
On those really hot days here in Central Indy, it can be tempting to crank up your AC. However, this is a bad idea, especially if taken to an extreme (we’ve seen homeowners that turned their AC down to the low 60s on hot days). Overworking your AC in general will shorten its lifespan – and on super hot days, it’s already working harder than normal.
Instead of overworking your air conditioning system, try to use other methods to cool down, like drawing all the blinds, turning on some fans or opening your windows to let the breeze in.
Letting the air out
Air leaks and drafts will let out all that cool air you’re filling your home with. When it does, it forces your HVAC system to work harder. To find out where the air is leaking from, order a blower door test, use a thermal camera, or just call out the pros.
Once your home’s air leaks have been identified, seal them up with caulk or weather stripping.
Not using a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats are a great way to reduce the strain on your AC system and save you some coin at the end of each month. Modern programmable thermostats are able to automatically adjust the temperature of your home when you’re asleep, out to work for the day, or on vacation.
Avoid these HVAC mistakes and Keep Cool This Summer!
By avoiding these common HVAC mistakes, you’ll keep your AC system running efficiently, which means you’ll keep cool all summer. Additionally, regular service and filter changes will extend your system’s lifespan and save you a ton of money in the future.
Ready for service or want to learn more? Get in touch! Call the comfort experts at Hoosier Indoor Air at (317) 466-7437 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you have a great summer!