There are a few common mistakes that many homeowners in Central Texas make when it comes to their HVAC systems, mistakes that not only compromise comfort but may shorten the lifespan of the equipment.  Our Austin HVAC repair professionals know that most homeowners don’t give their heating and cooling systems much thought, as long as they’re working.  Here are a few things you should keep in mind if you want to save money, enhance comfort, and make sure your system lasts as long as possible.

Never skip routine maintenance.  Your HVAC system needs to be kept in good running order just as your car does.  This means having it inspected by a qualified technician once or twice each year so that any minor repairs can be made and issues addressed before it becomes a major problem.  Skipping routine maintenance can cost you big time on down the road!

Forgetting to change/clean the air filters.  Whether you have the type of air filters that can be cleaned or those that need to be replaced, it’s important not to overlook this simple task.  Not only do dirty air filters affect indoor air quality, a clogged filter makes it difficult for your  HVAC system to circulate heated/cooled air throughout your home.  Air filters clogged with dust, pollen, pet dander, and other particles compromise the efficiency of your system, making it work harder.  More stress on your equipment, poor indoor air quality, higher energy costs.  Change those filters every two months or when they become dirty.

Failing to repair leaky ducts.  It’s highly common for HVAC systems that have been in use for quite a while to develop holes or gaps in the ducts that leak air.  This means conditioned air is escaping into areas where you don’t need it, which also affects how comfortable you are inside your home.  Ductwork that’s in good shape is essential for distributing cooled/heated air equally throughout your indoor spaces.

All of these mistakes can easily be remedied, and taking care of the ‘small stuff’ will ensure your family’s comfort while helping keep costs down.  Don’t make these mistakes; but if you do need to schedule routine maintenance or think repairs may be in order, give the Austin heat and air technicians at Schneider Mechanical a call today!