When dealing with your heating system, especially at the beginning of autumn, it’s easy to make mistakes. While some issues should be corrected with the help of an HVAC contractor, you can also take steps to avoid misusing or neglecting your heating system. Here are three of the most common autumn HVAC mistakes you should avoid.
Avoiding HVAC Mistakes in Autumn
1. Neglecting the Air Filters
Clean filters improve airflow and the efficiency of your heating system, so change them regularly. Stock up on filters so that you always have them on hand when you need them. Pleated and flat-paneled filters are reliable options. While HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters promise the most effective filtration, they may overwhelm your system or require you to retrofit your furnace with the help of an HVAC contractor.
2. Misusing the Furnace
Resist the temptation to constantly change your heating system’s the temperature and settings, even if you’re eager to get warm. Choose a moderate temperature, since switching your thermostat to an absurdly high temperature won’t make your home heat up any faster. When you leave your home, turn your heating system down eight to ten degrees, but avoid switching it off entirely during periods of cold weather. Your system has to work hard to heat your house each time it’s turned on, so starting from scratch every time will increase your heating bill and wear out your system. If you’re unsure whether your current thermostat use is harming your heating system, have an HVAC inspector perform an inspection and carry out any necessary maintenance.
3. Creating Poor Ventilation
Although you might think closing the vents in unused rooms will ensure that heat is directed solely to occupied rooms, that’s not how your system works. Residential heating systems are designed to operate with certain degrees of air pressure and humidity. Closing your vents compromises these settings, so the system has trouble doing its job properly as a result. This behavior also raises your energy bill.
If you’re facing serious heating issues this fall, or simply want to make sure your system is ready for the upcoming cold weather, get in touch with Dave's Cooling Heating & Plumbing in Waynesboro, VA. With over 30 years of experience, this HVAC contractor is more than capable of performing any furnace repair and maintenance that you need to stay warm in cold weather. They can also help with plumbing, air duct cleaning, and more. Get a free estimate by calling (540) 942-4357 after learning more about their services online.