Common HVAC Mistakes Homeowners Make
Homeowners make several HVAC mistakes, either knowingly or unknowingly, in their day-to-day activities. Such mistakes can be expensive, especially when there is a need for repair or replacement. However, it is possible to avoid these mistakes by following some important steps and listening to HVAC maintenance advice.
Installing the Wrong Air Filter
Air filters help improve the quality of air released into a residential or industrial property. However, a wrong air filter does the exact opposite; it releases unfiltered and contaminated air.
Some common problems that homeowners encounter after installing the wrong air filter include:
- Poor air quality: Air filters with low Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) allow dust, viruses, and other contaminants to access the building, consequently leading to respiratory health issues. For best results, homeowners are advised to avoid air filters that have low MERV ratings.
- Increased bills and expenses: The cost of heating and cooling can increase drastically if a wrong air filter is installed. When the filter is too dense, the air conditioner or heater will need more energy due to heightened air resistance. On the other hand, if the air filter is too small, it affects the performance of the air conditioner or heater. When this happens, the HVAC systems will require regular repairs, which costs more money.
Overlooking the Importance of Routine HVAC Maintenance
Regular maintenance provides a chance for homeowners to detect HVAC problems beforehand, consequently saving a lot of money that would have been spent on repairs or replacements. For best results, homeowners should schedule HVAC maintenance at least once a year. This should be done even if the HVAC units are functioning properly.
Most routine HVAC maintenance procedures usually include the following:
- Thermostat assessment: Experts check if the thermostat settings are correct and if they allow homeowners to save money on energy bills.
- Lubrication: This is checked to ensure that the unit does not experience resistance, saving money on energy costs.
- General operation: This procedure checks if the unit stats, runs, and turns off properly.
- Outdoor inspection: The technician checks if the HVAC unit installed outdoors is free from dust, debris, and clogging.
- Cleaning: The HVAC technician checks if there is a need to clean the coils on the condenser and evaporator. The technician may also clean other parts of the unit if necessary.
Failing To Involve an HVAC Technician
When homeowners decide to fix their HVAC units by themselves, several risks are usually involved. Having the right tools is just not enough to work on these units; there is a need for experience, knowledge, and protection, which is usually provided by HVAC technicians.
A professional HVAC maintenance company comes with the right technicians who know how these units work and are insured to provide the best service to homeowners.
About 4 Seasons Heating & Cooling
4 Seasons Heating & Cooling is a family-owned Nevada-based HVAC company that provides 24/7 services in Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Lemmon Valley, Golden Valley, Spanish Springs, and Washoe Valley. The company also offers two-year free maintenance for every new HVAC installation.