Although the season’s shift from winter to spring isn’t as dramatic as further north, now’s the perfect time for homeowners to have their HVAC system serviced in preparation of the upcoming summer months (which will be here before we know it along the Treasure Coast). By cleaning and servicing your system now, you can correct any small problems that will turn into bigger problems and affect your comfort this summer when the temperatures soar.
Every day, homeowners hire companies to replace old AC systems—and often are unhappy with the results. These companies may promise the lowest price, but ultimately provide sub-par quality for what they charge. All homeowners learn, often the hard way, that simply choosing the least expensive option may actually be more expensive over time. For example, an improperly installed HVAC system will underperform and ultimately require expensive repairs or need to be replaced sooner than one that was properly installed.
Most homeowners know when it’s time to replace and upgrade their heating and AC systems—about every 15 to 20 years, depending on the system and maintenance care over the years. But do you know when you need to replace your thermostat? Generally speaking, the thermostat should be replaced each time the heating/cooling system is replaced. The thermostat is the primary system responsible for controlling the HVAC system—which means that the efficiency rating and size of the unit won’t matter much if its thermostat is unreliable or faulty.
Like any responsible homeowner, you are likely diligent in cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap between laundry loads, particularly those with that tend to leave behind more lint, such as towels and the like. But how diligent are you at cleaning the vents between the dryer and outside? It’s vital that this area is cleaned regularly (once to twice a year) to prevent build up of lint over time—which leads to restricted airflow and possibly an accidental fire. In addition, keeping the vent clean has the added benefit of increasing the efficiency of your dryer and keeping your energy bills as low as possible.