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How to Run Your HVAC System Efficiently and Safely

We are rapidly moving toward winter when we will need to turn off the AC and crank up the heat. When you run your HVAC system – whether for AC or heat – you want it to run efficiently and safely. If you have those two topics on your mind, you may be wondering how to put them into action.

Is it possible to make your unit run more efficiently? How can you ensure your family’s safety when using your HVAC unit – especially for heating? If you’re concerned about HVAC safety in Farmington, NM, our team can help. Give us a call with any questions and we can schedule an appointment for a tune-up on your system and to offer guidance. 

Risks of Putting Off HVAC Repairs

You never want to put off repairs on your heating or cooling system. It’s an easy thing to do, though. Days turn into weeks and then months and before you know it an entire year has passed without any maintenance on your HVAC system. Don’t let this happen to you! 

Instead, schedule your maintenance while you’re thinking about it – even if the appointment is a few weeks from now. When you invest in an HVAC tune-up, you can win back some of the efficiency that the system loses due to regular wear and tear over the course of a year. 

It’s normal for a system to lose around 5% efficiency per year over the life of the unit. Over the years, your system loses half of its efficiency. But regular maintenance means that you won’t lose nearly as much efficiency. In fact, instead of being left with a system that’s only half as efficiency, it’s possible to maintain 95% efficiency. 

This can make a huge difference on your energy bills over the life of your system. After all, losing efficiency doesn’t just mean that the unit doesn’t heat or cool as well. It also works harder for lower results. So you end up paying more for less, and that just doesn’t make sense.

Prioritizing HVAC Safety

Annual, if not biannual, maintenance on your heating and cooling system is the best way to make sure your system is running safely. HVAC systems can’t be installed or worked on by just anyone. Only certified professionals can adjust your system from the inside, including all of the connections and electrical work.

If nothing is wrong or your system only needs minor work – great! But what if something potentially hazardous went wrong with your HVAC unit? If a technician identifies a serious problem early, they can fix it before the damage gets worse. 

Another way to prioritize safety is by only letting a professional work on your unit. You may be tempted to allow a friend or family member to check your unit if they offer it. But don’t do this unless you know they work in the industry and have the correct certifications. Someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing can cause a lot of damage, even with the best intentions. 

Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call to schedule an appointment and let us do it right the first time!

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