When heading into a new year, many people make resolutions to get themselves or their finances in tip-top shape. Why not set some resolutions to get your house in better shape this year? In this blog we'll present 10 possible HVAC-related resolutions for you to consider in 2016.
1. Arrange an Annual Maintenance Checkup
If you didn't get in a checkup at the end of the year, a furnace and air conditioner tune-up could be a great way to start off the year. Alternatively, you could schedule a maintenance visit for your A/C system in the spring and a visit for your heating system in the fall. Either way, an annual maintenance checkup will keep your HVAC systems running effectively and efficiently. To get scheduled, call HomeSmart at 1-866-837-9762.
2. Insulate Your Attic
When was the last time you took a look at your attic? An improperly insulated attic could cost you a lot of money this coming year. You can make it a DIY project, but an HVAC professional can blow in attic insulation so you get sufficient coverage and proper venting. Either way, you'll notice a big difference on your utility bill once your attic is appropriately insulated.
3. Insulate the Rest of Your Home
While blown-in attic insulation is essential for temperature retention in your house, warm air can leak out from many places in your home. Use weather stripping or caulking to plug any possible leaks around windows and doors. You can even install insulating window films on windows to increase their insulating potential. And if you have a chimney, make sure your home isn't losing warm air through the fireplace.
4. Put Your Ducts in a Row
Don't forget that the hot or cool air in your HVAC system needs working duct systems to move throughout the house. Clogged air ducts hamper the effectiveness of your heating or cooling system-and they shoot lessthan-clean air into your home. Schedule a duct cleaning early this year to keep your family safe and your HVAC system happy.
5. Get With the Program
If you don't have a programmable thermostat yet, set a resolution to upgrade your system. Adjusting your thermostat during the course of the day will save energy and save you money, but making those adjustments manually every day grows tiresome.
If you already own a programmable thermostat, are you using the system to its fullest? If not, make the necessary changes.
6. Go High-Tech
A programmable thermostat works well when your family has a predictable schedule, but not every family fits that situation. A smart thermostat can hook up to your home's Wi-Fi, giving you control of your house's temperature from anywhere through your smartphone. Some high-tech systems can even learn your family's habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.
7. Check Your Filters
Some people overlook the air filters in their HVAC systems, but regular checkups on your filters are essential. The filters keep pollution out of your system, and a dirty filter will really sap the efficiency of your furnace or air conditioner because air simply can't flow through. Check your filters monthly, and call HomeSmart to find out how often you need to change out the filter.
8. Save for an Upgrade
Have you thought about HVAC-related upgrades you'd like to make to your house, the upgrades you never have the budget for? Resolve to set aside a little money every month so that by the end of the year you can finally install that modern tankless water heater or home humidifying system.
9. Shift Furniture
Don't overlook less obvious issues with your HVAC system. For example, a poorly positioned couch or entertainment center can completely block your vents. You want to keep people warm-not furniture. Set a resolution to comb through your house for energy inefficiencies like a covered vent, or call HomeSmart to schedule a Home Energy Audit on your residence to locate these energy inefficiencies.
10. Go Green
Most of the resolutions above will help make your home more energy efficient and consequently more ecofriendly. If going green appeals to you, however, there are additional options to lower the impact of your HVAC system on the environment. Solar hot water systems or hybrid heat pump and furnace systems save energy by using natural heat. Even solar panels make your HVAC system greener.
Bonus: Staying Motivated
Of course, the hardest part of any resolution is following through. Here are a few final tips to help you with your HVAC-related resolutions and any other goals you set for this year:
- Focus on the goals you care about most.
- Set plans with specific timetables to keep you honest.
- Use your smartphone to set reminders about your resolutions.
- Brainstorm solutions for possible obstacles before they crop up.
- Discuss your new resolutions with someone else for help with accountability.
We hope this blog post will give you some ideas for your 2016 New Year's resolutions. For additional information on heating and air conditioning systems, check out the rest of our blog entries for additional tips.