Head Outside to Check Your Unit
Make sure there aren't any leaks, damage from storms or animals, bad smells, or loud noises coming from the unit. It's also important to make sure the unit is clear from any debris like dead leaves, snow, fallen branches, etc. We recommend that there should be at least a 3-foot clearance around the entire unit.
Evaluate Your Air Flow
If some rooms in the house have trouble keeping temperature, then it could mean your HVAC is having serious issues. If you have trouble determining weather or not the temperature is different throughout the house based on feeling it yourself, there are tools that can help measure the ambient temperature coming out of the vents in your home. Pointing the detector at the vent will give you a read-out of the temperature of the air coming through it. If this number varies by more than a degree or two throughout the house, then there could be something wrong with your ductwork or the air conditioning unit itself. Another way to tell without a detector is by paying attention to how long your system is running to try and keep up. If it's running constantly, that could mean it's time for some maintenance.
Change Your Air Filter
Air filters should be changed according to their type and amount of use, but on average filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days. Check your air filter every month to make sure it hasn't accumulated too much dust and debris. Having a clean air filter is crucial to maintaining good indoor air quality. If your air filter is dirty, then your air inside of your home will more than likely be dirty. This can negatively affect your immune system as well, making it harder for your body to fight off infection.
Duct Cleaning & Sealing
It’s a good idea to have your ducts cleaned professionally every 5-7 years. It’s important to make sure that your air isn’t escaping through gaps and cracks in your ductwork either. On average, about 20-30% of air that flows through air ducts escapes through cracks in ductwork. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent.” This could be a great way to save on energy and have a more comfortable home in 2021.
If you haven't already, you should consider a programmable thermostat. Not only are they convenient, but they are also cost-effective. Programmable thermostats allow you to easily control the temperature of your home around the clock, whether you’re home or away. Smart thermostats provide energy savings by learning your unique schedule and temperature preferences and adapting to them.
Schedule a Home Comfort Check
The comfort of your home is very important. What you might not realize is that keeping your home comfortable and performing regular check-ups could help save you quite a bit of money. As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we at Royal Heating & Air have a team of experts that can help keep your home healthy and comfortable through the seasons while also saving you money on expensive repairs. Our Home Comfort Check service looks into your air conditioner's refrigerant levels and fan motor, as well as the furnace's heating elements and gas furnace burners. We make sure everything is in top-notch condition so you can enjoy a more comfortable home, worry-free. Give us a call to learn all about it! 573-480-4313