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5 Free Tips for Better Year-Round HVAC

HVAC maintenance can seem daunting. This is an industry full of expensive systems and thousand-dollar bills that can make people recoil in fear. All of that savings in your bank might be gone if your heating system goes on the fritz, but that doesn’t have to be the reality.

There are things you can do right now that would facilitate your HVAC system so that it works more efficiently, effectively, and lasts longer. And the best part is, most of these things are free!

Just remember that you’ll need to rely on both free tips that we provide, and professional HVAC repair in Gallatin when the time comes. It’s up to you to decide which approach better fits the situation, and we can take it from there.

1: Changing the Air Filter

First things first: you can always get more from your HVAC system by changing the air filter every 1–3 months. Yes, every forced-air heating unit like furnaces and heat pumps have an air filter because this is an integral part of the heating technology. This component keeps dust and debris out of the system so it can function efficiently.

However, when it gets covered in dust, the system can have trouble running properly and you’ll start seeing a slow increase in your heating bill. Change the air filter, clean it out, and return it to use on a regular basis to enjoy benefits for years to come.

2: Keeping Things Clean

Where does all the dust come from that clogs your system’s air filter? Well, unfortunately it comes from the air near your heating system. Dust can accumulate not only in the air ducts and your system’s air filter, but around your system as well.

It’s a good practice to keep things clean in the relative vicinity of your heating unit so that it has access to clean air and it can ventilate properly.

3: Keeping Things Safe

Remember how we mentioned cleaning just a moment ago? Not only will cleaning things help keep your home efficient, but it will also keep things safe.

A furnace can quickly overheat if it has no way of venting excess heat or air. It’s recommended to clear luggage and old furniture so that there is at least a two-foot barrier around your furnace, allowing for maximum ventilation to avoid safety concerns.

4: Listening for Signs

One of the most expensive parts of furnace repair is the diagnosis. Searching for the problem can take a long time, and that’s a lot of labor hours you might end up paying for.

Use your own eyes, ears, and nose to detect signs of a problem so you can give your prospective HVAC technician the lowdown on what’s going on. These tips will reduce the time it takes to diagnose a problem and give us a better vantage point.

5: Bundling Up

If heating bills are your main worry, then bundle up! There’s nothing wrong with putting on a heavy sweater or sweatshirt and turning the temperature down a bit. The more mild the temperature, the less hard your heater has to work to keep you comfortable. Just don’t set the thermostat too low, you still want to be comfortable!

For everything else, make sure you contact Busy Bee Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning Inc. We offer a 100% more than satisfied promise every time.

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