With the pandemic throwing our lives into a major plot twist, 2020 has been a difficult year, to say the least. However, it is important to stay optimistic and look forward to a better year. With 2021 finally here, take a minute to think about your new years’ resolutions. To help you out, the pros at American Air, Plumbing & Electric have come up with a list of some HVAC new year’s resolutions. Through this guide, you can ensure that your HVAC unit does not end up on a list of things to worry about this year.

  1. Set a Reminder for Your Air Filter
    Changing your air filter is one of the easiest ways you can take care of your heating and cooling systems. According to the Department of Energy, by consistently changing your air filter about once a month you can save up on heating and cooling costs by 5 to 15%. In addition, adding a new filter can improve your HVAC unit’s performance as well as prevent your system from overworking and wearing out. Start the new year off by simply setting a reminder on your phone to change your air filter every year!
  2. Try This New Temperature Change System
    According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat back by 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day. If you are heating your home, turn the temperature down and vice versa when you are cooling your home. You can easily set your temperature according to this method for 8 hours or so by using a programmable or smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule temperatures daily or weekly, whereas smart thermostats can be remotely controlled making them a little more convenient. The new year is a great time to try this energy-saving method of heating and cooling to see if this works for you!
  3. Check for Leaks Every Few Months
    Air leaks can make you lose a lot of energy and money on your utility bill. That’s why it is important you make it a point to check for air leaks around your home every few months. Make sure you check around doors and windows and ensure the weatherstripping is intact. If you find that the weatherstripping is wearing out, you can easily get new material from your nearest home improvement store. In addition, inspect your insulation to see if you have enough of it. Insulation can play a role in keeping your home’s temperature consistent so you must have enough insulation. Set a reminder to check for leaks every month!
  4. Clean Your Vents
    Make sure your vents and registers are clean and dust-free. Dusty and dirty vents can worsen your indoor air quality and increase the number of allergens in your home. Make sure you vacuum them using the brush attachment and follow it up with the wipe of a damp cloth.

Have any more questions about your HVAC system? Contact the pros at American Air, Plumbing & Electric! Call us today at (407) 512-9337 or schedule a service online.

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