You like to make everything last. You’re religious about vehicle maintenance. Maybe you still wear clothes that you bought 10 years ago. That knack for caring has helped you preserve your home ever since you moved to Birmingham, Alabama. We’re here to help you direct that attentiveness toward your HVAC system. By understanding how to properly use and maintain your HVAC system, you’ll preserve the comfort and health of your home for years to come. Here are two ways to preserve your HVAC system.

Check the Size

Remember those clothes we mentioned earlier? Maybe you can still squeeze into the shirt you wore to a concert in 1998; the size makes little difference. The same can’t be said for your HVAC system. To operate efficiently, your system size should fit your home’s size. If your system is too small, it will strain to maintain comfort and will never be able to do it. If it’s too big, it will spend most of its time in its energy-draining startup phase and will short cycle. Both size issues trim the lifespan of your system and cut its efficiency.

During your next maintenance appointment, have your local HVAC technician check the size of your system. 

Watch Your Thermostat

It’s easy to forget the well-being of your HVAC system when you’re cold and need to pump up the heat, but pushing your system too hard will reduce efficiency and the lifespan of your system. It comes down to this: the further your thermostat setting is from the temperature outside, the more strain your system will experience as it attempts to reach that set temperature. In the winter, keep your thermostat as close to 68 degrees Fahrenheit as possible. You’ll preserve your system and cut utility costs.

Watch out for anything that puts strain on your system’s efficiency, and you’ll be on your way to preserving it. Of course, the best way to preserve your HVAC system is with regular maintenance by a professional. To schedule your maintenance, call One Source Heating, Cooling & Electrical at (205) 509-1929.

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