The HVAC system in your Mint Hill, North Carolina, home is responsible for maintaining a comfortable atmosphere no matter what the weather is like outside. An unexpected HVAC problem can cause a lot of stress, especially if it hits when it’s especially cold outside. Follow these helpful tips so you can avoid emergency heating repair.

Keep Up With Maintenance

One of the most important tasks you can do for your HVAC system is keeping up with regular maintenance. Preventive maintenance will save you money in the long run. Our service techs will look out for any potential problems. Most manufacturers recommend furnace tuneup every fall to avoid problems when winter arrives. We inspect all components and test the system to make sure it works properly. The process also involves checking the airflow, examining the outdoor unit, and making sure there is no damage that will cause a fire or gas leak.

Our service tech will repair anything concerning found during a routine checkup. Your system will eventually stop working if you ignore underlying problems. Regular maintenance is a preventive step which can reduce the need for urgent repairs or a complete breakdown. You should also make DIY system maintenance a habit. Change the filter regularly and keep the outdoor unit free of debris.

Give the System a Break

When you’re cold, it’s tempting to increase the temperature on the thermostat to warm up your home quickly. However, doing so frequently can put a lot of extra strain on your heating system and increase wear and tear. It is better to keep the thermostat as close to the outdoor temperature as possible. Wear appropriate clothing and use the right bedding to keep warm. Check your windows and doors for leaks that could be causing drafts.

Heed Warning Signs

An HVAC system will often show signs of problems before it breaks down and requires emergency repair. You might overlook a problem until you no longer notice it. However, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of HVAC trouble. You might notice changes such as:

  • Unpleasant odors
  • A weak airflow
  • Cold air coming through the vents
  • Hot and cold spots in the house
  • Frequent on/off cycling
  • Increasing energy bills
  • Loud noises

If your heating unit develops any of these problems, call us for assistance. We’ll evaluate the system to prevent a more expensive repair job. You will also be able to get a better hold on your energy bills with timely action.

Watch Humidity Levels

Dry air is another concerning issue that can impact your home when your HVAC system isn’t working properly. Low humidity can cause your household to experience problems with static electric shock, nosebleeds, dry, itchy skin, and greater susceptibility to cold and flu virus. Dry air can also cause damage to your home, electronics, and furnishings. You might also find it more difficult to heat your home. As a result, you will be more likely to increase the temperature, leading again to higher energy bills. You can monitor your humidity level with a hygrometer or a smart thermostat.

Program Your Thermostat

If you’re constantly adjusting the thermostat, you’ll put pressure on your heating system and also waste energy. You should try to wait at least eight hours before changing the temperature. Even if you have the latest state-of-the-art thermostat, it won’t do any good if you don’t use it properly. By properly programming your thermostat, your heating system will work more efficiently.

At Horne Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., we can help you to take care of your HVAC system. We’ll put an end to frequent breakdowns and help you avoid the need for costly repairs. Contact us today at 704-321-4173 for more information or to schedule an appointment. We’re happy to serve our friends and neighbors in and around Mint Hill, North Carolina.

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