Since Christmas is now just a memory in the rear view mirror, it’s time to turn your attention to the upcoming new year, which means resolutions are in order. And while many of you will be striving for weight loss, better eating habits and more exercise, we think you can do better and aim higher. For example, you should resolve to end the bad habits you have concerning your HVAC system.

Changing your HVAC habits won’t be easy to be sure, but the rewards are many. You won’t look better by changing these habits, they won’t make you live longer either, but changing your bad HVAC habits will save you money in energy costs and heating and cooling repairs.

So grab an apple, hop on your stationary bike and read up on why it is in your best interest to change these bad habits. Momentum AC, your duct cleaning service in Tampa Bay, is willing to bet you are guilty of at least a couple of these bad HVAC habits.

Not Changing the Filters

Most of you probably change the filter on your HVAC unit, you just don’t change it as often as you should. Dirty filters block airflow which makes your unit have to work much harder than necessary. This leads to premature failures that will cost money to fix.

Dirty filters also affect your indoor air quality, in a negative way as you might guess. So we suggest you get in the habit of changing our your filter every month or two to ensure all keeps running clean and smooth.

Closing Vents

Your HVAC system is designed to cool or heat a certain amount of space as efficiently as possible. When you go around and close vents in little-used rooms, you disrupt the balance. Closed registers change the amount of space your unit cools and heats, this results in a system that runs longer than it should. Over time, this results in damaged components and shorter system life.

Thermostat Abuse

Are you “that guy” who is constantly adjusting the thermostat? If you, this needs to stop. It is important that you fully understand just how your thermostat works. Your HVAC unit will function best and most effective if you set your thermostat and then leave it alone.

Continually changing the thermostat is not only annoying, it means your system will run cycles that too long or too short, both of which are quite hard on your system. Once you have set your desired temperature, there is nothing to be gained by changing the settings.

Skipping Preventative Maintenance

You have no doubt heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Having your HVAC contractor take a look at your unit once a year prevents serious and more expensive issues in the future. A small repair during an inspection saves you from having to call your repairman on Saturday morning for an emergency repair that will definitely cost more.

If your system needs to have its annual service, give Momentum AC a call.