As we bid farewell to one year and welcome another, it’s the perfect time to give your HVAC system the attention it deserves. A well-maintained HVAC system is key to a comfortable and energy-efficient home. Let’s dive into the New Year HVAC checklist that will ensure your system is in top shape for the year ahead.
New Year HVAC Checklist
1. Replace or Clean Air Filters
The New Year is a great reminder to check your HVAC air filters. Dirty or clogged filters restrict airflow, making your system work harder, which can lead to increased energy costs and reduced lifespan of the unit. Aim to replace or clean filters every 1-3 months.
2. Inspect Your Thermostat
Ensure your thermostat is working correctly and efficiently. Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat if you haven’t already. These devices can learn your schedule and adjust temperatures accordingly, saving energy and money.
3. Check and Clean Vents
Walk around your home and check all vents and registers. They should be clean and unblocked by furniture or curtains to allow for proper air circulation.
4. Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance
Annual professional maintenance is crucial for the longevity and efficiency of your HVAC system. A technician can inspect your system, make necessary adjustments, and catch potential problems before they turn into costly repairs.
5. Inspect Insulation
Good insulation is essential for maintaining your home’s temperature. Check your attic, walls, and any exposed ductwork to ensure they are properly insulated.
6. Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors are vital for safety in homes with combustion-based heating systems. Test and replace batteries in your detectors to ensure they are functioning correctly.
7. Review and Reset Your HVAC System Settings
If you have a programmable thermostat, review and adjust the settings to suit your current lifestyle. This small step can lead to significant savings on your energy bills.
8. Check the Outdoor Unit
Clear any debris, leaves, or snow around your outdoor HVAC unit. A clear area around the unit ensures optimal performance and reduces the risk of damage.
9. Examine Ductwork for Leaks
Leaky ducts can significantly reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. Inspect accessible ducts for signs of leaks and seal them, or consider hiring a professional for a thorough inspection.
10. Consider System Upgrades or Replacement
If your HVAC system is old and less efficient, the New Year might be the right time to consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient model.
Starting the New Year with a well-maintained HVAC system can save you money, reduce the need for emergency repairs and financial surprises, and keep your home comfortable throughout the year. Use this checklist as a guide to ensure your HVAC system is prepared for the year ahead.
So, are you ready to start the New Year with a perfectly tuned HVAC system? AAA Heating & Air is here to assist. Schedule your annual HVAC maintenance with us today by calling (803) 920-3771, and ensure your system runs smoothly and efficiently all year long. CLICK HERE to book your appointment now and enjoy peace of mind for the rest of the year!
Written by: Jared M. Sewell
AAA Heating & Air, LLC.