From improving our indoor air quality to keeping members of our household nice and cozy in the middle of the cold season, we rely heavily on our HVAC systems. But have you ever wondered what your life would be like without an HVAC system in your home? You probably don’t even want to think about that, right? We completely understand. If you like having your heating and cooling system there for you when you’re feeling a little uncomfortable, keep an eye out for these HVAC mistakes to avoid!

1. Subjecting Your Thermostat to Heat

This can happen if your thermostat is in the path of direct sunlight or it’s surrounded by heat-producing electronics. Things like televisions, stereo systems, or larger appliances like the refrigerator, stove, or oven can all contribute to inaccurate temperature readings. When your thermostat reads inaccurate temperatures, it will try to tell your heating and cooling system to either raise or lower the temperature, depending on what it’s reading and the temperature that you’ve set. This causes inconsistent and inaccurate temperatures throughout your home.

2. Choosing the Wrong Filter

This goes for both super-efficient models as well as the cheapest option on the shelf. Cheap, flimsy air filters can lead to poor indoor air quality, while a very efficient model could produce too much drag for your system. For best performance, it’s vital to match the filter to the type and size of the system you have. If you’re unsure what the best filter for your specific system is, a professional at Rusk can help. Schedule an appointment with us today.

3. Forgoing Regular HVAC Maintenance 

You wouldn’t go years without getting the oil changed in your car, right? Well, the same theory goes for your HVAC system. Regular maintenance is imperative if you want to keep your system running at peak performance and avoid costly repairs.

4. Refusing to Replace Your System

Unfortunately, HVAC systems don’t last forever. As a general rule of thumb, they’ll last you about 15-20 years. Keeping your system beyond those 15-20 years is a gamble, as its quality can quickly deteriorate or the system can break down altogether out of the blue. At the first sign of trouble, or when your system is in that age range, call a professional to have the system inspected to determine the best course of action.

5. Ignoring Issues with Your System

Sometimes, it can be tough to tell when your heating and cooling system is experiencing issues. However, once you notice potential problems, it’s critical that you reach out to a professional as soon as possible. An HVAC technician will help you diagnose the problem, determine if repairs or a replacement are necessary, and perform the service. When you notice potential problems like a lack of heating or cooling, strange noises and smells, or insufficient airflow, you need to reach out to a professional company for an inspection. 

Contact Rusk Heating & Cooling for HVAC Services

When was the last time you had your system serviced? If it’s been over a year, you’re likely due for HVAC service. For superior heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair or installation services in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas, get in contact with the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling. No matter the issues with your home’s HVAC system, we can provide the necessary services to help. We’ll keep you safe and comfortable year-round.