3 New Year’s HVAC Resolutions That Don’t Require a Gym Membership

HVAC resolutionsUnlike that public vow you made to lose weight last year, HVAC resolutions are easier to keep. The comfort and health of all the occupants in your home’s indoor environment during the coming year rely upon optimum HVAC performance and efficiency. Here are three HVAC resolutions that will not only keep everybody more comfortable this winter, they may also save you money:

1. I resolve to change the air filter every month.

About 2,000 cubic feet of air passes through the air filter every minute in a typical home HVAC system. As the filter gradually becomes clogged, however, it cleans air less effectively and restricts airflow through the ductwork, impairing furnace efficiency. For optimum balance of filter effectiveness and maximum airflow, choose pleated cotton or polyester filters with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating between 8 and 12.

2. I resolve to schedule annual furnace tuneups.

A yearly checkup of your heating system by a qualified HVAC service technician provides multiple benefits. This thorough inspection, along with standard maintenance procedures, ensures your system is operating up to specifications for efficiency, heating performance, and safe operation. It also gives the technician an opportunity to identify and resolve any minor issues that may become major headaches later in the winter. Lastly, if your furnace is still under warranty, annual checkups are usually required to comply with the terms of the warranty to receive full coverage.

3. I resolve to update my thermostat settings.

According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, nearly 90% of Americans never change their programmable thermostat settings. As colder weather arrives, it’s a good idea to make sure your temperature settings are appropriate to the changing temperatures. The Department of Energy recommends programming a daytime temperature of 68 degrees during winter. For the hours while you’re typically asleep — or if you’re away from home — reduce the programmed setting by 10 degrees. This overnight temperature reduction can save up to 10% in monthly energy expenses.

Just as we’ve done every year since 1922, the professionals at Paitson Bros. are ready to help you keep your HVAC resolutions this year.

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