HVAC Resolutions to Make this New Year

January 5, 2016

If you're planning to ring in the new year with a list of personal resolutions, why not make some changes that let you enjoy a more comfortable, healthier home and lower your energy consumption too? By adding the following HVAC resolutions to your list, you can save money, increase your year-round comfort, and improve the air quality in your home.
  • Plan semi-annual HVAC service. Scheduling a spring air conditioning checkup and a fall furnace tuneup can preserve your HVAC equipment's energy efficiency and keep your operating costs low throughout the year. Well maintained equipment lasts longer too, and it's less likely to break down unexpectedly.
  • Schedule duct maintenance. If the ducts are damaged, leaky and uninsulated, up to a third of your HVAC system's output is being lost before it reaches the registers. Having the ducts inspected, sealed and insulated by a skilled HVAC contractor can curb this energy waste, and keep allergens and contaminants from being drawn into your air supply from unfinished spaces like the attic, basement or garage.
  • Check the air filter once a month. Changing the filter on a regular basis prevents airflow restrictions that force your HVAC equipment to work harder and increase your energy bills. If the air filter gets clogged up and dirt and debris accumulate on sensitive system components, you're also more likely to experience breakdowns or equipment failures.
  • Clean the air more effectively. Routine filter changes are good for your heating and cooling equipment, but a standard HVAC filter can't trap harmful microscopic particles or boost air quality To help you breathe easier this year, talk to your HVAC contractor about having an air cleaner installed.
  • Upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Choose a model that matches your typical weekly schedule and take the time to learn how to program it. You'll reap consistent energy savings by programming daily temperature setbacks for at least eight-hour periods while you're sleeping or at work during the day.
For expert help following through with these or other HVAC resolutions this year, contact the Des Moines area home comfort professionals at Lozier Heating & Cooling. Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  Credit/Copyright Attribution: "Kenishirotie/Shutterstock"