What Are HVAC Basics Every Homeowner Should Know? 

Apr 22, 2022

Whether you are a first-time homeowner or have owned your home for a while, navigating through the basics of your HVAC system is something that your service professionals at Grove City Heating & Air believe every homeowner should know. Of course, we understand that you want your residential HVAC system to last as long as possible. However, without proper upkeep and understanding of the basics of your system, you won’t be able to utilize your heating and cooling system to its full potential. So, keep reading to learn what basics are essential to know about your HVAC system.

Is My Thermostat Energy-efficient?

There are a variety of HVAC units available that are known for their energy efficiency. Perhaps you already have an energy-efficient HVAC system? Then one thing we recommend is that you pair your energy-efficient with an energy-efficient thermostat as well. Smart thermostats are known for this same feature. With a smart thermostat, you can program it to coincide with your weekly schedule and time away from your home. This feature reduces energy consumption, thus resulting in lower energy costs on your monthly bill.

When Should I Change My Air Filters?

Our knowledgeable technicians say that air filters should be changed every 1-2 months. Air filters collect and trap dust particles and other airborne pollutants, so particle buildup will occur if a filter is not changed regularly. When this happens, it negatively impacts the indoor air quality within your home and restricts airflow, which leads to problematic HVAC issues.

What About the Ductwork in My Home?

The ducts in your home are a vital component of your HVAC system. Airflow is transported through the ductwork to different rooms in your home. For this reason, it is essential to keep your ducts cleaned and clear of dust buildup. If you can’t remember the last time you have had your ducts cleaned, it may be time to consider having that done soon. Experts say ductwork should be cleaned every 3-5 years, depending on the home. In addition, another thing you also want to be aware of is to make sure no exposed ductwork in your home has any tears or holes. Air leaks are the last thing you want when trying to maximize your system’s efficiency and lifespan. They can cause your HVAC system to overwork, so if you find any, be sure to have them sealed as soon as you can.

Does My HVAC System Need to Be Serviced? 

The answer is a resounding yes! You may not think your units need to be serviced once a year. But if you want to keep your system running smoothly and with no issues, then having the maintenance checks done in the spring and fall will help to make sure that happens. When it comes to complex pieces of machinery like your furnace and air conditioner, preventative maintenance is non-negotiable!

What Kind of HVAC System Do I Have & How Old Is It?

Do you know what type of HVAC system you have? How about the age of each unit? Understanding these basic details are essential for homeowners to know. As time passes and your HVAC system gets older, its efficiency will decrease. So if you have an older system, and it has given you a good long run, this is an essential point to remember. Though your HVAC system may be running strong, you may be paying more out of pocket than you want to just to keep up with those energy bills. In the end, upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient system may be the best option for your home.

If you would like more information on possibly upgrading your HVAC system. Grove City Heating & Air provides free estimates! In addition, we will send one of our NATE-certified technicians to your home so we can measure your home, check out your current system and discuss the best option for you, your family, and your home. We’d feel honored to assist you with any of your HVAC needs, so take a chance on us as your local heating and cooling professionals. You can call us at (614) 490-7540 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!