Nothing is worse than you HVAC system crapping out on your in the middle of winter. Actually, crappy out in the middle of summer may be worse.
Your HVAC system is something you take for granted when it is working fine, but like your car, you regret taking better care of it when it stops working for you.
One of the best ways to save money and headaches is to do routine maintenance on your system to ensure it is working properly as you head into spring and fall each year.
While some things are better left to the pros, especially when it comes to gas and electrical, there are many things the novice homeowner can do on their own to ensure a properly working system.
One of the most common and easiest fixes is being sure to replace your filter each month. Poor air circulation leads to your system having to work overtime to compensate for poor air flow which leads to an overworked system that can eventually fail. It is also leads to higher energy costs as your system needs to work even harder to produce the same amount of heat or cooling in the home.
Another thing is to check your HVAC ductwork. If you have metal ductwork, having it cleaned is simple and affordable. If you have fiberglass or fiberboard ductwork installed, they can be more difficult to clean and may need replacing if they are very old or in bad overall shape. We had our HVAC ductwork replaced in Toronto last year by Lloyd HVAC and will be saving a few hundred dollars a year on our energy bill as well as cleaner and healthier air in our home.
And if you system is more than 10 years old, you should call an HVAC company to come out and do a full inspection as there are probably numerous things that need to be checked, repaired and possibly replaced. A few hundred dollars can save you a few thousand later on down the line.
Check out the infographic below for additional things to consider when troubleshooting your HVAC system.