It won’t be too long before summer’s here, and if you’re like most people, you rely on your HVAC system to keep your home cool and comfortable. In fact, 88% of new construction single-family homes came with air conditioning installed in 2011, so it’s clear that many households don’t want to make do without it! But if you don’t tend to your HVAC systems the way you should, you could end up in a heating or cooling crisis down the line. That’s why it’s so important to schedule regular HVAC services with local heating and cooling companies every spring and fall. If it’s been a while since you last had HVAC services performed, you’ll definitely want to keep a close watch for the following five signs. And if you do observe any of the signs below, contact your heating and air conditioning company right away.
- Uneven temperatures
A well-functioning HVAC system should heat or cool evenly throughout your home. But if a system isn’t working up to its potential, you may find that some rooms (or even certain spots in a given room) feel warmer than others. This could be for a few different reasons, including poor insulation, but it’s often due to duct problems or malfunctioning equipment. You’ll likely notice the impact in the winter cold or in the summer heat, but you won’t want to wait that long to figure out the source of the issue.
- Worsening allergies
If your system hasn’t been cleaned in a while, it’s likely going to continually distribute dust, allergens, or even mold throughout your home. Your family will then breathe in these contaminants without realizing it, which can potentially make them sick. And if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, home will be anything but a respite. Your system should be thoroughly cleaned in the springtime to ensure dust, dirt, and pollen won’t make their way around your home.
- High bills
If your energy bills have been steadily climbing or suddenly spike, that’s a telltale sign that your HVAC system may be to blame. When there’s something wrong with your system, it has to work even harder to make your home comfortable. That will undoubtedly translate into much higher bills every month. A stressed HVAC system can’t work efficiently, so it’s important you get it fixed as soon as possible. Ultimately, your wallet will thank you!
- Strange sounds
Some sounds are perfectly normal with your heater or air conditioner, but other noises are an indicator that something’s not quite right. For instance, if you hear grinding, clanking, clunking, or other loud or odd noises coming from your system, that’s not normal. Even if it’s an easy fix, you’ll want to get it repaired sooner rather than later. Not only will your system work better, but you won’t have to deal with frustrating noises.
- Old age
Even the best systems don’t last forever. Furnaces and air conditioners can last 20 years or more, but even HVAC systems from 20 years ago weren’t made to be energy efficient. If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills, an energy efficient system may be the way to go, especially if your current setup is getting up there in years. Your HVAC technician can take a good look at your system and tell whether it has some time left or will need to be replaced this season.
If you’re overdue on your HVAC services, Cundiff Heating and Air is here for you. To find out more about our HVAC home analysis or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.