What Are HVAC Basics Every Homeowner Should Know? 

Apr 22, 2022 | DIY, Air Filter, Blog, Dayton, HVAC, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Spring, Thermostat

If you are a first-time homeowner, learning the basics about your HVAC system can seem a little daunting. But, in fact, even seasoned homeowners may find a useful pointer or two from reading today’s topic. Practicing the following points from your Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton experts can help maximize your residential HVAC system to its fullest potential and prolong its lifespan too.

Do You Know What Type of Furnace and AC Unit You Have?

It’s essential to know the type of units you have. Do you know if your furnace runs on electricity or gas? How about your air conditioning unit? Is it centralized or forced air? Knowing basic details like this will help alleviate any stress on you if anything happens with your HVAC system, and you need to make an informed decision quickly. Of course, if you don’t know the answer to these questions, our NATE-certified technicians will gladly help you figure this out upon your next seasonal maintenance check!

Do You Have a Smart Thermostat?

Suppose you have an energy-efficient HVAC system and don’t have a smart thermostat. In that case, we suggest you consider upgrading to one. Smart thermostats are extremely helpful for reducing energy consumption and maximizing your energy savings! If you would like more information on upgrading your thermostat, please contact us with any questions.

Do You Have Exposed Ductwork in Your Home?

Ductwork is the component in your HVAC system used to distribute air throughout your home. If there are any holes, gaps, or tears that you can see on the exposed ductwork, you will want to patch those spots immediately. Air leaks are the last thing you want as they will result in your system working harder to make up for the lost air. In addition, if it’s been years since your last duct cleaning, you should also consider getting your ducts clean. Dirty ductwork negatively affects the air quality in your home, which in turn affects the health and well-being of the people who reside in your household.

Do You Change Your Air Filters Regularly?

Every homeowner should change their air filters every 30-60 days. Unchanged air filters will restrict proper airflow and cause a blockage that will lead to issues like short cycling. In addition, since an air filter’s purpose is to trap and hold air pollutants, it would be wise to frequently check your air filters during the springtime when pollen and other allergens are notorious. You can pick up air filters at any home improvement store; just be sure to confirm you have the correct size!

Do You Get Your Units Serviced Seasonally? 

Both your heating and cooling units need to be serviced once a year. Your furnace should have received a tune-up & safety check in the fall. And your air conditioner should receive the same in the springtime. As recommended by industry professionals, having these done is the best way to practice preventive maintenance. As a plus, keeping up with your seasonal maintenance checks keeps your manufacturer’s warranty current. This is a huge benefit, in our opinion! 

It’s simple. The best way to keep your residential HVAC system in tip-top shape is to enforce preventative maintenance through seasonal tune-ups and regularly changing the air filters. If you have any concerns about your current HVAC system or perhaps are looking to upgrade your thermostat, don’t hesitate to call us! All our friendly HVAC experts would be happy to answer any questions you may have or get you scheduled for our soonest available appointment. Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton today at (937) 708-8278, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!