HVAC Maintenance Tips & Tricks for Sacramento Homeowners

Your heating and cooling system uses as much as two-thirds of the energy in your home, so it is critical to make smart choices to improve the efficiency and overall performance of the unit. It might be the difference between an exorbitant monthly bill and an amount you can manage.

Proper care is also how you improve the air quality for your family. Consider some HVAC tips to keep the home environment safe and comfortable.

Why Maintenance Matters

The little things make a difference in HVAC performance. Something as small as changing the filter will increase the life of the equipment and improve its ability to function. An effective maintenance program includes some basic tasks that any homeowner can handle and regular service from a qualified service provider like Morgan Mechanical.

We offer a list of HVAC tips that focus on regular maintenance:

Energy Saving Tips

Including:

  • Establish a preventive maintenance routine.
  • Be aware of seasonal energy needs.
  • Address your home's overall energy efficiency.

Ventilation Tips

Including:

  • Whole house ventilation
  • Spot ventilation
  • Structural ventilation

Maintenance Tips

Including:

  • Change your air filter regularly.
  • Don’t neglect your outdoor unit.
  • Establish a home maintenance schedule.

Replacement Tips

Including:

  • Use digital and programmable thermostats.
  • Decide whether it's time to repair or replace your system.
  • Learn eight home energy saving tips.

Safety Tips

Including:

  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Prepare for severe weather.
  • Schedule regular system maintenance.

Cutting Costs

Even a well running heating and cooling system can use a hand keeping the temperature steady. It takes more than just following basic HVAC tips. Energy saving extends into the home, as well. Keeping shades down on hot summer days to reduce the heat from the sun, for instance. Other things that matter at home include:

Reverse the direction of the fan each season.

During the summer, it should rotate counter-clockwise and in winter clockwise. A switch at the base of the fan allows you to change the blade direction.

Monitor the thermostat reading.

Just five degrees either way makes a difference in energy usage.

Safety

Safety is always a concern when working with air ventilation. Carbon monoxide is a toxic odorless gas that poorly functioning gas furnaces may produce. It is vital that you place carbon monoxide detectors in key areas around your home, especially near the sleeping quarters. You should also have a service technician check your gas furnace during the fall season. Follow some core HVAC tips that focus on safety.

Other Factors to Consider

There is a variety of HVAC tips relative to common home scenarios. For example: Vacuum more often to improve air intake if you have pets, especially during the summer when pets are more likely to shed.

Use a denser filter in home with one or more pets.

Filter replacements are often neglected simply because homeowners forget to purchase them. You beat the odds when you sign up for a monthly reminder.

Going from Season to Season

HVAC systems are essentially two appliances in one – air conditioner and heater. For this reason, it makes sense that there will be different maintenance tasks for different times of the year.

Going into the summer months, you want a service professional to strip down the AC condenser and check the coolant level.

As winter approaches, you need that all important furnace evaluation to make sure it is safe and efficient.

Following HVAC tips to keep the system running at its peak is important, but know when to call for professional help. Morgan Mechanical is there when you have questions about your system or if you need a technician to come out for an evaluation. Call us to address any maintenance concerns or to set up an appointment.