As the temperature rises in the summer months, your HVAC system works overtime to keep you cool. And during our cold Okanagan winters, the furnace works hard to keep you warm. Who needs higher energy bills or more frequent repairs? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to minimize this strain and keep your HVAC system running smoothly through every season.
Here are five tips to help you do just that:
- Change Your Filters Regularly: One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your HVAC system in good shape is to change the filters regularly. Dirty or clogged air filters will restrict airflow, forcing your system to work harder than necessary and decrease efficiency. At GPH Mechanical, we recommend that you replace your filters every one to three months, depending on the amount of airborne contaminants in your home. These can be purchased at your local hardware store and replaced easily, typically at the front side of your furnace.
- Schedule Regular Maintenance: All HVAC systems benefit from regular annual maintenance to run efficiently and effectively. Scheduling regular check-ups will help spot potential problems before they become more serious, saving you money on repairs down the line. Our GPH technicians will make sure all components are functioning properly and recommend any necessary upgrades or replacements.
- Seal Leaks: Even small air leaks around doors, windows, and other openings can lead to a higher energy bill. Make sure to seal all cracks and gaps with weatherstripping or caulking to improve the efficiency of heating your home this winter.
- Upgrade Your System: An upgrade may be necessary if your HVAC system is more than ten years old and straining to keep up. Modern systems are much more efficient and can save you money on energy bills while providing superior temperature control. Check out the latest rebates offered by BC Hydro. You can get up to $7000.00 as an incentive to upgrade your old HVAC system. We will come onsite and provide you with a free estimate.
- Choose the Right Thermostat: Investing in a programmable thermostat will help you adjust your home’s temperature on the fly by reducing the time your system is in operation. Smart thermostats are even more efficient. They can be accessed via wi-fi, controlled from your phone or other devices, and are designed to learn your temperature preferences.
There You Have It!
Following these five tips can help keep your HVAC system from straining to keep up with the cold, while saving money on energy bills. Regular maintenance will ensure that any potential problems are spotted early on and allow for necessary upgrades or replacements to be made as needed. With some effort now, you’ll enjoy improved comfort throughout the year without breaking the bank! And you can breathe easy as you are enjoying the great outdoors this winter in Penticton!