Your home’s heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is one of the most important elements of your home. Here in Wisconsin, we can have blazing hot summers and frigid winters. To ensure your home is safe and comfortable year-round, our team at Abner Boiler & Heating Company provides quality HVAC installation and repair services to the greater Madison area. To keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape, check out these five simple maintenance tips.
1. Change the Filter
Regardless of whether your heating system uses gas, oil, or electricity, regular maintenance is essential. A dirty filter is one of the primary reasons that furnaces lose efficiency and stop working properly. To avoid this problem, check your furnace filter monthly. Fiberglass, pleated, and permanent filters require different levels of maintenance; be sure to check, clean, and/or replace them as needed.
2. Clean the Unit
A clean filter won’t do you much good if your condenser/compressor unit is clogged with dirt. This unit, which is located outside of your home, is exposed to the elements. Therefore, regular cleaning is a must! Be sure to clean and remove debris from the unit and keep vegetation cut back by at least two feet.
3. Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to effortlessly control changes in your home’s temperature. By allowing your home’s temperature to drop 5-10 degrees (in winter) during the night or while you are away, you can reduce heating and cooling costs by 5-15% every month.
4. Seal and Insulate Your Home
Your HVAC unit is only as efficient as your home allows it to be. By properly sealing windows and doors, you can eliminate drafts. Furthermore, adding insulation in attics and around footers in the basement helps keep warm air in and cold air out. Adding a little insulation can go a long way toward improving your HVAC system’s efficiency.
5. Invest in Regular Service Checks
By hiring one of our NATE®-certified technicians to perform annual service and repairs to your HVAC system, you will extend the efficiency and longevity of your unit. These checks are essential to keeping your HVAC in proper working order and thus, save you time and money in the long run. At Abner Boiler and Heating Company, we provide quality services at the best prices in Dane County. To schedule an HVAC service check or repair, contact us at (608) 274-3077 to make an appointment today.