Salt Lake City is known for its unpredictable weather. From sudden snow in May to unexpected warm days in November, you can never quite predict what will come next. Then there are the normal challenges of weathering four seasons in all of their glory, with winters that are bitter cold and summers that are scorching hot and springs and autumns filled with everything in between. To keep your family comfortable, your Salt Lake City home needs an HVAC system that can keep up, because if it fails at the wrong moment, you’ll be in for an unpleasant experience, not to mention some hefty bills. So here are seven tips to keep your HVAC running perfectly all year round:

Schedule annual maintenance. Having someone check on your HVAC system once a year may seem costly upfront, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run when you catch problems early and make small repairs instead of waiting for everything to break down.

Take the time to understand how your specific HVAC system works. Ask your repairman any questions you may have. The more you know, the better you will be at spotting problems and making sure they air repaired promptly.

Regularly replace your air filters. You’d be surprised how dirty and worn they can get in even just a year or two. And a dirty air filter will put an undue burden on the rest of your HVAC system.

Clean out your vents. If you think the air filters look bad, just imagine the dust that might be collecting in your vents.

Clean and gently vacuum your outside unit. This will help you avoid that filth ever making it to the ducts on the inside.

Make sure your windows are well insulated and replace them if they are not energy efficient. This will make heating and cooling your home easier, meaning your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard, which will extend its overall lifespan.

Get a programable thermostat that allows you to pre-set the temperature for certain times of the day. For example, if you’re going to be at work from 9 am to 5 pm during the summer and no one else will be home, program your thermostat to start cooling your home an hour before you get home instead of running your AC constantly during the day. This will keep your AC unit from overworking itself unnecessarily.

Your HVAC system may be out of sight and out of mind most of the time, but you would definitely miss it if it failed. So don’t let happen, and be sure to take care of it so that it can take care of you.

Big John’s Plumbing provides HVAC repairs in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area.

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