Jan 1, 2024 | Air Filters, Attic Insulation, Ceiling Fan, Condenser, Ductwork, HVAC Habits, HVAC System, Maintenance, Smart Thermostat, Vents

As we enter January and embark on a brand new year full of possibilities, chances are you’ve set resolutions to improve different areas of your life—whether it’s finances, academics, fitness, or personal goals. This age-old tradition, with its origins dating back to the ancient Babylonians, was initially meant to honor their king and welcome a bountiful farming season. But you might be wondering, how does this ancient tradition intertwine with HVAC? Well, let us tell you! The answer lies in the commitment of your local experts at Mason Heating & Air. We are here to help with all things HVAC – even your HVAC-related resolutions. As a homeowner, we’re sure you want to ensure the seamless operation of your system, right? Well, you can achieve that by embracing eight pivotal steps to amplify your HVAC habits and hopefully ensure a smooth year ahead. So, let’s dive in and make sure your HVAC system stays in top shape this year! 

When was the Last Time You Scheduled a Seasonal Maintenance Check? 

Remember, seasonal maintenance checks really do matter. Even if everything seems fine, don’t skip them. These seasonal checks are a proactive way to take care of your system, catching any minor issues before they become major problems. Skipping maintenance not only puts your system at risk of long-term damage but it also voids your manufacturer’s warranty. So, make a commitment to stay ahead of the game with seasonal checks. Bear in mind that you should schedule one for your AC in the spring and another for your furnace before it makes its fall debut.  

When was the Last Time You Changed the Air Filters? 

Make a commitment to a simple yet impactful routine; you can do this by changing your air filters every 1-2 months. When your filters are clogged, it makes your system work harder to push the air out, which leads to more energy consumption and higher costs. By following industry standards, this straightforward HVAC resolution will help your unit run efficiently all year long.  

When was the Last Time You Cleaned the Vents? 

Did you know that dusty vents can actually affect the air quality in your home and make your HVAC system less efficient? That’s why it’s a good idea to include your HVAC vents in your regular cleaning routine. Taking this small step can really make a difference in creating a healthier living environment and improving the overall air quality within your home. 

When was the Last Time You Upgraded Your Thermostat? 

If you haven’t already, why not upgrade to a smart thermostat? You’ll have the power to control your home’s temperature from anywhere, save energy, and sync it with your weekly schedule. Smart thermostats are super convenient and energy-efficient, making them a great investment. So, start your smart year by checking out some affordable options. If you want more info, feel free to reach out to us! 

When was the Last Time You Checked Your Attic Insulation? 

Have you noticed that your HVAC system runs nonstop? Or perhaps you have a room or two in your home where the temperature doesn’t seem well-regulated. If this is the case for you, your attic may not have adequate insulation. If you can safely check your attic insulation, please do so! Industry standards recommend having at least ten inches of insulation. So, if your current insulation falls short, think about upgrading to improve energy efficiency and maintain a well-regulated home.  

When was the Last Time You Cleaned the Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures? 

Just like your HVAC vents, dusty ceiling fans and light fixtures can really affect the air quality in your home. So, make sure to add them to your cleaning regimen too! Regular cleaning stops these things from messing with your indoor air quality and putting extra strain on your HVAC system. 

When was the Last Time You Checked on the Condenser?   

Make it a habit to regularly check and clear the area around your condenser, even during the winter months when the AC is not in use. You want to make sure no outdoor items, branches, sticks, etc., have fallen onto or around the unit. Just a quick check can save you from unnecessary HVAC troubles and protect your condenser from damage throughout the year. 

When was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Ductwork?   

Over the years, your ductwork naturally collects dust, loose debris, and other small airborne particles. And you know what? Dirty or clogged ducts can even affect HVAC efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ). So, it’s pretty important to have clean ducts for a healthier living space. But wait, how often should you get your ducts cleaned? Well, a good rule of thumb is every three to five years. If you can’t remember the last time yours was professionally cleaned, it’s probably a sign that this year is the perfect time to get it done! 

By including these eight HVAC resolutions in your yearly plan, you’re setting the stage for a healthier, more efficient HVAC system. Just keep in mind that sticking to good practices and positive HVAC habits will help keep HVAC issues at bay, making for a smoother and hopefully trouble-free year for you and your family! 

Call Mason Heating & Air at any time all year long (513) 496-2477, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!