Maintaining Your Heating System
If you’re a new homeowner, you may not know the best ways to maintain your heating system yet. Here are some tips.
Your Bryant® heating and cooling system is an investment in your family’s comfort. With the proper care and maintenance, it will deliver reliable performance and comfort year after year. To make sure your Bryant system is always performing at its best, we recommend the following maintenance tips. Some, you can do yourself. Others, it’s best to ask your friendly and knowledgeable Bryant HVAC Contractor to perform for you. Your Bryant dealer is always happy to do Whatever It Takes® to help you maintain your system and maximize comfort.
Replace or Clean Your Air Filter Regularly
A dirty air filter can make your system run harder, increasing your heating and cooling costs and reducing the life of the blower motor, coils and other parts. Circulating dirty air can also aggravate allergies and those with sensitive immune systems. It’s best to inspect your air filter regularly and replace it every three months. If you have pets, you may need to replace your air filter more frequently.
Add a Smart Thermostat
Ask your Bryant dealer to install a smart thermostat. Bryant’s Housewise™ thermostat can help your system run more efficiently. Using occupancy sensing capabilities, the thermostat can select comfort or energy-efficient system settings. The Housewise thermostat can save homeowners an average of 20 percent on their annual heating and cooling energy costs.*
Have Your System Inspected & Cleaned Twice a Year
Contact your local Bryant dealer to schedule a clean and check. Do it once in the fall for your furnace and once in the spring for your air conditioner or heat pump . This can identify minor issues before they turn into big problems and will ensure your system stays in great running order.
Set Ceiling Fans to Spin in the Right Direction
Ceiling fans can help your system with air distribution. During the summer, set fans to turn counterclockwise, creating a downdraft that makes you feel cooler. During the winter, set fans to turn clockwise, creating an updraft which forces down warm air near the ceiling.
Remove Debris From Around Your Outdoor Unit
Leaves, grass clippings and debris can build up on the outside of your outdoor air conditioner or heat pump, reducing airflow. While your Bryant dealer will clean it as part of your spring inspection and tune-up, keeping the area around it free of debris will aid in keeping it clean. You should also trim back any shrubs or plants near the unit to provide a two-foot clearance, which maximizes airflow to and from the air conditioner or heat pump.
Keep 80% of Your Home’s Vents Open
To run properly, your HVAC system needs a good supply of air circulation. If you close off more than 20 percent of your home’s registers, it can put too much strain on the system. If you feel the air flow in your home isn’t right, talk with your Bryant dealer for additional comfort solutions.
To learn more about how to keep your Bryant heating and cooling system in optimal shape, talk to your Steve at A1 Heating & Air.