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If you don’t have a maintenance plan, then you should strongly consider getting one. Preventive maintenance improves energy efficiency, reduces HVAC wear and tear, and minimizes costly repairs. It also reduces the chance of a breakdown. With the right preventive plan in place, you can extend the life of your unit and enjoy optimal comfort levels in your Longwood, Florida, home.

Install a New Thermostat

Optimize the performance of your HVAC system by installing a new thermostat. Installing a smart programmable thermostat allows you to control the HVAC system remotely. You can use its programmable settings to adjust the temperature while you’re away from home with no need to access it remotely. Use your household’s specific needs to determine the thermostat’s settings. Not only does this type of thermostat reduce HVAC wear and tear, but it can reduce energy expenses as well.

Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Installing energy-efficient windows provides multiple benefits. It decreases condensation buildup, reduces heating and cooling expenses, lowers UV ray penetration, and more. These benefits reduce wear and tear on the HVAC unit by making it easier to heat and cool your home. In addition, due to lower levels of UV rays coming through the windows, this protects your flooring and furniture from fading.

Keep Vents Open

Do you keep the vents closed in rooms that you don’t frequently use? While you may have a good reason for doing so, this actually causes your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to. When you overwork your system, it’s more prone to wear and tear. In addition, you shouldn’t put furniture or other objects in front of the vents in your home.

Use Ceiling Fans

You can decrease the workload on your HVAC unit by using fans throughout the year. During the winter, make sure your fans are on the reverse mode. This will bring the heat being produced by the HVAC unit up to the ceiling and then spread it throughout the room. It also prevents the fan from creating an uncomfortable breeze. Using a fan on reverse mode is beneficial when heating large rooms with high ceilings.

Ignoring HVAC maintenance will lead to costly repairs and it increases wear and tear on the unit. View a preventive maintenance plan as a smart investment rather than an expense. The money you invest will help you save in the long run. E.C. Waters Air Conditioning & Heat specializes in quality HVAC services. Visit our website or call us at (407) 603-9144.

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Originally published in Oct. 2018, updated in March 2020

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