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Jan 1, 2024 | Air Filters, Attic Insulation, Ceiling Fan, Condenser, Ductwork, HVAC Habits, HVAC System, Maintenance, Smart Thermostat, Vents

At the start of January, we have a brand new year ahead of us! By now, you might have set some New Year’s resolutions to improve various aspects of your life. Whether it’s related to finances, academics, fitness, or personal goals, there are many areas where you can strive for improvement. Interestingly, the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians, who used it as a way to honor their king and ensure a successful farming season at the start of their year.    

At Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati, our experts are here to assist you in enhancing your HVAC maintenance habits, too. As a homeowner, we understand your desire for a smoothly running system that lasts. By implementing the following eight steps, you can improve your HVAC habits and achieve optimal performance this year. 


It is crucial to prioritize your seasonal maintenance checks to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your unit. Even if everything appears to be functioning well, remember that the purpose of these checks is to prevent any potential issues from escalating into major problems. Neglecting these checks could lead to significant damage and void your manufacturer’s warranty. This year, make a commitment to stay proactive by scheduling a maintenance check for your AC in the spring and one for your furnace before its first use in the fall. Don’t wait for a breakdown to happen – resolve to take action before an HVAC catastrophe happens. 


Make it a priority to change your air filters on time. This simple task is crucial for maintaining your HVAC unit throughout the year. When air filters are dirty and clogged with dust and particles, your system has to work harder, consuming more energy and increasing costs in the long run. Follow industry standards and aim to check and replace your filters every 1-2 months.   


HVAC vents are often easily forgotten about in the cleaning process. But it’s important to regularly clean them as dusty vents can impact air quality and hinder the efficiency of your HVAC system. By including your HVAC vents in your regular cleaning routine, you can keep them free from dust and enhance the overall air quality within your home. 


Upgrade your home to a smart thermostat this year and experience the convenience it offers. With a smart thermostat, you can remotely control your home’s temperature, save energy, and easily manage your HVAC system. You can even schedule temperature adjustments to align with your weekly routine. So, take advantage of the various affordable options available and start the year off smart. You can contact us to explore your options! 


How is your attic insulation? If your HVAC system seems to be running constantly or if there are rooms in your home that are not well-regulated, inadequate insulation in your attic may be the cause. Improper insulation can lead to temperature fluctuations in your home and put additional strain on your HVAC system. If it is safe to do so, try checking the insulation depth in your attic. According to industry standards, you should have at least ten inches of insulation. If you discover that your attic insulation is less than this, we highly recommend considering a plan to upgrade your insulation this year. 


Don’t forget about your ceiling fans and light fixtures! Dusty fixtures can also harm indoor air quality and ultimately result in additional strain on your HVAC system. Therefore, including these tasks in your cleaning regimen is a smart addition to your HVAC resolutions. 


You should regularly check and clear the space around your condenser to prevent unnecessary issues or breakdowns. Even during the winter when the AC is not in use, you should still make it a habit to check the condenser frequently and ensure nothing has fallen onto or near your condenser. 


Over time, dust, pet fur, and other debris can accumulate and affect both your HVAC system’s efficiency and indoor air quality. To maintain a healthy indoor environment, it is recommended to have your ducts cleaned every three to five years. Don’t overlook this important maintenance task, especially if you have pets. Make it a priority to schedule a professional cleaning service this year.  

By incorporating these eight HVAC resolutions into your annual routine, you can ensure a healthier and more efficient HVAC system. Remember, taking preventative measures is crucial to avoiding unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. Following these good practices will help keep HVAC issues at bay and promote a smoother and trouble-free year for you. 

Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati at any time all year long (513) 216-5011, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!