How often do you think about your forced air heating system? If you're like most homeowners, the answer is "not very often." In your lack of attention, there's a good chance you're making some mistakes when it comes to properly maintaining your system. These mistakes could lead to premature furnace breakdowns and higher energy bills – among other consequences.
Mistake #1: Not changing your furnace filter often enough.
Experts recommend changing your furnace filter every 1–3 months.
If you are trying to decide between installing a window air conditioner or an HVAC unit to cool your home, your choice should be easy. The clear winner here is an HVAC unit and this is for many reasons, three of which are listed below.
Does Not Damage Window
When you install a window air conditioner, it could possibly damage your window when you place it into the window frame. This is especially true if you do not install the air conditioning unit correctly.
AC units are not self-sustained, maintenance-free systems that run in a vacuum. In the real world, mother nature and entropy wage a tag-team battle against your heating and cooling units. To keep your system running at its optimal level, you need to perform targeted maintenance to your system. In particular, you should pay particular attention to your HVAC ducts and your condenser coils.
The ambient temperature will cool down your ducts during the winter, then heat up as your furnace rushes hot air through them.
If you have a boiler in your home, you might love using it as a heating source for your home and family. To keep it operating as it is supposed to, however, you do have to add water to it every now and then. Your owner's manual or HVAC professional can provide you with additional guidance as to how often you should be adding more water to your boiler, but you should remember a few things when you do so.
If your furnace's pilot light is no longer staying lit, you'll have to replace the thermocouple. This sensor connects to the furnace's pilot light, and its job is to measure the voltage of your furnace. If the thermocouple is broken, your furnace will unable to operate properly. Thankfully, this part is easy to replace on your own by following these furnace repair steps.
Gathering Tools & Materials
Before you can get started, you'll need to gather the following items: