2018 will officially come to a close when the clock strikes midnight tonight, and a new year will be upon us. This is typically the time people set goals and make promises for the next 365 days. If you’re still scrambling to find a new year resolution – and you own a home – we suggest making one of the resolutions below for 2019.
Resolution #1: Get an Annual Tune-Up
If you’ve been reading our blog, you know how important we think annual tune-ups are. Routine maintenance helps your system run efficiently. This can save you money by lowering your utility bills. Along with these benefits, annual maintenance also keeps you and your family safe by improving air quality and spotting carbon monoxide leaks. Since tune-ups are annual, you can get your tune-up at the beginning of 2019 and not worry about getting another until 2020.
Resolution #2: Change Air Filters Regularly
Air filters prevent small particles like dust, pet dander, dirt, and pollen from getting into your HVAC system. They are an important part of your system because they keep the air in your home cleaner and remove allergens. When you don’t change the filter, the dirt and dust can build up and block the airflow. This can make your furnace less efficient and can eventually cause your HVAC to shut down. We recommend changing your air filter every three months, but make sure to at least check it once per month – especially during months with higher pollen counts – to make sure your filter isn’t too dirty.
Resolution #3: Know the Warning Signs (or Sounds)
Just like any appliance, your system can make a number of different operational sounds. However, there are some noises that may signal a problem. Take a look at our blog post on common furnace noises and what they mean. You’ll learn what to do when you hear rattling, screeching, whistling, squealing, scraping, booming, clicking, or chirping noises coming from your system. If you do think something is wrong, give us a call – no matter what day or time. Remember, we have 24-hour emergency services.
Resolution #4: Learn More About HVACs
Knowing how your system works can help you best maintain it, spot small problems before they become bigger ones, and know when to call in the professionals. We aren’t suggesting reading every textbook and manual on furnaces and air conditioners. It’s more about learning the basics. The next time your technician is working on your system, ask questions. Google terms and questions you may have or scour our site for more information. Our HVAC blog has information on furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, and more. It also features home maintenance tips and ways to lower your utility bills.
Resolution #5: Find Your Perfect HVAC Contractor
Finding the right contractor is important because it will help you feel comfortable making decisions for your home and your budget. HVAC repairs and replacements can be pricey, so you want to make sure you are working with a contractor you can trust. They should make recommendations based on your needs – not on their sales goals. You should also only work with trained and certified contractors since HVAC work may require working around gas lines, electrical equipment, and plumbing. We recommend doing your research to find the best contractor for your family. Take a look at each company’s website, along with the prices, services offered, and customer reviews.