There’s nothing that makes a Dundalk home more comfortable than a new HVAC system. But your system won’t last forever, and there are things you can do immediately after your HVAC installation to improve your comfort and extend the life of your system. Don’t doom your HVAC to a short lifespan and years of repairs, and follow these tips.

Ask Questions

Before or immediately after the installation, ask the technician questions about your system. For instance, ask about the location of the vents and the types of filters you need. Although most systems have replaceable filters, yours could use reusable filters. Because changing out the filters is an essential part of HVAC maintenance, you should understand how to clean your filters.

 

When most people think of HVAC systems, they think of central heating and cooling. But there are a variety of heating and cooling options available. Do you have a mini split ac installation or a traditional installation? Before your installation technician leaves, ask them for details about your new HVAC.

 

By the time they leave, you should understand everything there is to know about your new HVAC. This includes details about maintenance and identifying signs of trouble. Educating yourself ensures the system is always in good hands. 

Keep the Area Around the Outdoor Unit Clean

Your condenser unit uses a fan to pull air from the outside and uses it to absorb the heating energy from your home. If there are plants near the unit, they obstruct the flow of air. As a result, your system won’t be efficient. Even a brand new HVAC system won’t work well if it’s near plants.

 

Another consideration is debris. When you keep shrubs and trees near your exterior unit, the leaves from your plants fall off and could end up in your condenser fan. Once again, this makes your system less efficient.

 

Whether or not you have plants near the condenser, check the area for debris. Look into the fan and call a technician if you find debris clogging up the components of the condenser. 

Vacuum Your Vents

While you might know to change out your filters, you probably don’t realize the importance of vacuuming your indoor vents. It’s a step most new HVAC system owners overlook, but it makes a big difference.

 

Whenever you change out your filters, vacuum the vents. Dust tends to accumulate on the vents, which allows down your HVAC system. The same issue occurs if you keep furniture or other objects in front of the vent. Although it might mean rearranging your living room, clearing your vents increases your system’s efficiency.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Your thermostat is probably set lower than it needs to be. After all, a few degrees warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter won’t leave you uncomfortable. By keeping your home five to eight degrees warmer or colder, you can prevent your HVAC from working constantly. 

 

If you don’t want to mess with your thermostat, let technology do it for you. A smart thermostat keeps your home at a comfortable temperature, but doesn’t overuse your HVAC. When you’re not home, your system won’t waste energy. Before you have an HVAC technician complete your installation, ask about your thermostat options. 

Keep Your Thermostat Out of the Heat

Do you have a lamp shining on your thermostat? If there are any heat sources near your thermostat, they could affect the temperature reading. Your home could be. A few degrees cooler than your thermostat thinks. Unfortunately, your HVAC doesn’t know any better. It will run longer to cool your home, even after your home is the desired temperature. 

 

If you’re having a brand new system installed, consider the placement of the thermostat. Avoid placing the unit on an external wall or directly in front of a window. 

Close Curtains and Blinds

All too often, people take their HVAC system for granted. Instead of taking steps to keep their homes cool in the summer, most people just let the AC do all the work. 

 

One simple way to keep your home cool is to close your curtains and blinds. If you don’t limit the direct sunlight, your home will be a few degrees warmer in the summer. If you don’t have curtains or blinds, consider installing them.

Keep Your Drain Line Clear

In most HVAC systems, there’s a drain line near the indoor cooling coil. Typically, you can find the line above the furnace. Over time, algae can form in the line and prevent the water from draining.

 

You can prevent this from occurring by pouring a mixture of water and bleach down the drain line. If you use one cup of bleach and one gallon of water, algae will die off, and your AC will continue to run throughout the summer. 

Don’t Use Appliances When It’s Hot Out

Using your oven, dishwasher, or dryer heats up your Dundalk home. If you want to save your new HVAC system, limit the use of these appliances. Instead of doing your laundry in the middle of the day, do it in the early morning or evening. 

 

In the winter, do heat-generating activities when your home is at its coldest. Once you get into a routine, it’s easy to follow this tip.

Check Your Ductwork

Assuming you don’t have a mini split ac installation, you probably have some exposed ductwork in your home. If the ductwork has no insulation, you should insulate it yourself or hire someone to do the job.

 

Every few years, hire someone to check your ducts for leaks. One of the major disadvantages of using a ductless system is the air lost through leaks in the ducts. Upon installation, ask the technician about the potential for leaks. In the future, be diligent about maintenance to prevent losing hot or cold air through leaks. 

Call Us Before or After HVAC Installation

Whether you just had a new HVAC installation or you are planning to install a new system, you can count on us at Reliability Home Services. Call us today to schedule an appointment.