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Maximizing Efficiency: Tips for Maintaining Your Home's HVAC System

Adult Male Removing Air Filter from a Home Furnace Ceiling Vent

Having an efficient HVAC system guarantees home comfort and lower energy bills.

Central Ontario has recently been experiencing intensified freezing and warming cycles. If you don't have a well-maintained HVAC system, it might break down at the worst possible moment.

You can ensure a comfortable home year-round with a bit of routine HVAC maintenance. In today's post, we'll give you a short guide for maximizing HVAC efficiency and keeping the air quality and temperature of your home regulated this winter through to next summer.

Change Your HVAC Filter

Your HVAC system isn't going to run efficiently at all if you don't replace your HVAC filter on a regular basis - at least every 90 days. The filter stops harmful contaminants and allergens from entering your HVAC system and being pushed through into the air that you breathe in.

Eventually, the filter catches so many contaminants that it becomes clogged. If you fail to change it, your HVAC system will have to push harder and harder to regulate the temperature in your home. This strain will quickly take a toll on your system, and you'll end up having to repair it for something very preventable.

Replace Insulation

Your home's insulation plays a big role in how efficient your HVAC system is. If you've got healthy insulation throughout your home, you won't lose any air and your bills will remain low. When you've got old insulation that's worn out, you'll notice both in the comfort level of the home and your energy bills.

It never hurts to have your insulation inspected, especially the stuff in your attic and basement, where air is most likely to escape. Prices for insulation replacement vary, but the average full-home insulation replacement around Toronto is around $4,000.

Test Your Thermostat

Prior to winter or summer weather, it's important to test your thermostat. Start with it all the way off and slowly turn it on. You should hear your furnace start up when you reach a certain temperature.

One of the ways you can maximize efficiency is by installing a smart thermostat. These allow you to automatically regulate the temperature in your home based on the time of day, who's home, and the temperature outside. It'll help to increase comfort and energy efficiency.

Get an HVAC Inspection

Don't neglect a professional HVAC inspection. Regular HVAC servicing ensures that your system is always operating at an optimal level. It also ensures that any issues are caught early so you can deal with them before they become big problems.

Try to have an inspection done once per year. Putting it off will make it harder to schedule service and may leave you vulnerable when you really need your furnace or air conditioner.

HVAC Maintenance You Can Count On

Some HVAC maintenance you can do yourself, but it's always important to have a well-trained eye on your HVAC system. At Hometech Environmental Ltd., we've spent the last 35 years helping residents of Aurora, Markham, and Richmond Hill boost energy efficiency and comfort in their homes.

Whether you need an HVAC inspection, maintenance, or repairs, give us a call, and we'll give you a free estimate today.


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