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Hot And Cold: Three Of The Most Common Mistakes People Make With Their HVAC Systems, And What You Can Do To Avoid Them

by Harvie Simms

Having trouble with your home's heating and cooling system can make for a bad day in a hurry. HVAC breakdowns are unavoidable over the years, but there are some common mistakes that many people make - mistakes that can shorten the life of your system, cause it to work improperly, or drive up your energy bills. Here's a look at three of the most common mistakes that people make with their home HVAC system, and what you can do to make sure you avoid those mistakes.

Turning off your thermostat when you leave

Many people swear that paying to heat an empty home is wasteful, and completely shut off their HVAC system in the day while they're gone. The only problem is, this makes your system work much harder when you come back home. When you leave your system on during the day, you're using it how it was designed, and it's running much more efficiently. If you do want to change your settings for the day while you're out, move it around 7 degrees or so of your normal setting. This helps save money on your power bill, but still keeps your system running smoothly.

Not changing your filter regularly

This is probably the most basic maintenance you can do to your HVAC system, but it's one that people ignore the most. But you'd be surprised how many problems can come from simply having a dirty air filter, including not heating or cooling, higher bills, dirty burners, and more. Since air flow is how a system operates, a dirty filter can cause all sorts of problems. With today's technology, there are services that will text, call, e-mail, or even send push alerts to your cell phone when it's time to change your air filter. There's no reason to forget about or skip changing your air filter.

Blocking the system's air register

Again, air flow is the lifeblood of your home's HVAC system, and anything you do to restrict that can  cause problems. But in addition to having a dirty filter, many people block their heating and cooling system's air flow by placing furniture or other decorative objects in front of the intake vent. This can easily lead to airflow issues, which in addition to preventing rooms from heating properly, can cause a laundry list of problems listed above. Make sure that your intake vent is free of obstructions.

Taking the time to properly maintain your HVAC system won't make it last forever, but it will help you avoid many maintenance issues, and will add years to your system's life. For more information about HVAC or furnace repair, contact a contractor in your area.