As we prepare for Valentine’s Day, we may be looking for ways to show our nearest and dearest how much we love them. When making a list, don’t forget to show some love to the unsung hero who keeps your home cozy – your HVAC system. No, we’re not kidding. A little HVAC TLC can keep it running faithfully and efficiently. Need ideas? Ernst Heating & Cooling of Hamel, IL, offers these five suggestions.
Change the filter
Forget the candy. Your HVAC system prefers air filters over flowers and chocolate. Air filters grab the dust and dirt in the air before it moves into your home. Over time, the crud will accumulate on the filter, forcing your HVAC system to work harder and exposing the working parts to dirt and debris. When did you last spoil your HVAC system with a new filter? Take a look. If your filter looks dirty, it’s ready for a replacement. The skilled HVAC technicians at Ernst Heating & Cooling can help you choose the right one.
Clean your home
Your regular cleaning chores do more than make your home look spotless and tidy. When you vacuum carpets and dust home surfaces, you’re grabbing dust and dirt particles that would otherwise be pulled into your HVAC system through your return vents. Regular cleaning lightens the load on your HVAC system as it circulates air around your home.
Seal doors and windows
Have you powered through the colder months huddled under blankets or avoiding drafty areas in your home? The towel you have shoved against your back door can only do so much. Your HVAC system must work harder to keep your home warm, which can add a burden to its workload. Invest in weatherstripping or caulking to create a strong seal against the cold.
Keep the vents open
If you’re not using certain rooms or areas of your home, you may be tempted to close off those vents to save energy. But that’s different from how it works. Your home’s ductwork has been designed to work together, bringing forced air in and out of every room it reaches. When you close off an air vent, you’re making your HVAC system work harder as it tries to push air through closed vents.
Sign up for the Ernst Comfort Plan
When you sign up for the Ernst Comfort Plan, you sign up for a regular HVAC spa treatment. Instead of a massage and manicure, your HVAC system will be pampered with two precision tune-ups annually, priority scheduling, a 15% discount on air filters, and automatic scheduling. Maintenance is one of the best ways to love your HVAC system throughout the year. Regular maintenance may make your HVAC system more efficient and give you extra years of home comfort.
It’s always important to show your HVAC system a little love, no matter the season. To find out more about the Ernst Comfort Plan, call us at 618.217.1836. Are you having issues with your HVAC system or noticing problems like strange noises or uneven heating throughout your home? Call us or schedule an appointment online now. Share the love with Ernst Heating & Cooling.