Summer has a lot going in its favor if you’re thinking of it as the best season of the year. The weather is normally fantastic, allowing for kids and adults alike to take full advantage of outdoor recreation.
The days are long and lingering, allowing us all to enjoy comfortable evenings on the patio and fantastic family barbecues. The summer fun makes the season fly by and it’ll be over before we know it. In fact, there is really only one thing that can make summer miserable and that is having your air conditioning fail.
The warm weather of summer is great and all but returning to the climate-controlled coolness of your house keeps you cool and comfortable. Thankfully, performing routine maintenance on your HVAC system can keep your system running, as well as provide a few other benefits.
Get a Break from Seasonal Allergies with Clean Indoor Air
Your house shouldn’t just be an oasis from the sweltering heat of the sun. In fact, all the blooming and blossoming plants also put tons of dust, pollen, and other allergens into the air. For those who are sensitive, summer can be a time of sneezing and watery eyes.
It’s the job of your HVAC’s air filter to keep these allergens outside and not in your home. However, air filter replacement is one of the most common tasks that people fall behind on, mostly because many people don’t know how often to replace their filter. Here’s a quick guide:
- 1 Occupant, No Pets or Rarely Used Homes: If your house is a vacation property or you are a single occupant, you may only need to change your air filter every 6-12 months.
- Multiple Occupants, No Pets: A typical suburban home should have their filter changed every quarter, about every 3 months, particularly before you are going to use your HVAC system the most.
- 1 Pet: A pet brings in a ton of hair, dust, and allergens and taxes your air filters more extensively. This means that you should change your filter every two months, or six times per year.
- Multiple Pets or Sensitive to Allergies: Once you add multiple pets, you should change your filter every 30-45 days. This is the same if a member of your household is highly allergic.
A Maintained System Always Keeps Your House Cool
Just because your system hasn’t broken down doesn’t mean that it’s functioning at its finest. There are plenty of components in your system that can use the attention and could be keeping your house less comfortable than you’d like.
One example is the thermostat. If these thermostats haven’t been properly calibrated in a while, it may register the wrong temperature.
This will either force your air conditioner to work when it isn’t needed or have it running throughout the entire day – both of which could result in high energy costs and a shorter lifespan for your system.
Spending on Maintenance Means Saving on Emergencies
In addition to the fact that a breakdown can make your house extremely uncomfortable, repair bills can be massively expensive. When you spend a little bit on routine maintenance, you can greatly reduce your odds of facing a major breakdown. By avoiding these breakdowns, you’ll also be avoiding a big bill that can put a big damper on your summer fun.
If you have any questions or you’d like to get on our regular maintenance schedule, you can reach an expert at All Clear Plumbing by calling us at 973-450-8660 and we’ll be happy to help.