5 Bad Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Habits to Avoid in 2018

By: Brian Schutt  |  January 11, 2018

While we’re still in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, we wanted to provide you with five of the worst HVAC habits we see in a lot of our clients and offer tips on how to break them in 2018. By reversing these five bad habits, you will be well on your way to saving energy and money on your HVAC system this year.

1. Neglecting to Change Your Filters

Dirty filters block airflow, and significantly lower the quality of your indoor air. We strongly recommend changing your air filters on a monthly basis — creating a new habit that is inexpensive and easy to do.

2. Obstructing Your HVAC Equipment

Blocking airflow with plants, toys, furniture, shoes, etc., will significantly decrease your HVAC system’s efficiency and performance. Too much damage to this equipment over time could result in costly emergency repair.

3. Misusing Your Thermostat

It’s important to fully understand how your thermostat works, and avoid constantly adjusting it. Turning your air conditioner or furnace on and off adds a lot of wear and tear to your unit. Additionally, consider setting your thermostat back during certain times of the day, especially when you aren’t home. Reducing your temperature by just one degree will reduce your energy bills by 1-2% percent. This is a great way to save energy and money without even feeling the difference in temperature.

4. Closing Your Vents and Registers

Your HVAC system is designed to heat or cool a certain space in your home. If you close your vents or registers, you change the amount of space that needs to be heated or cooled, therefore making your system work differently than it’s supposed to. This may lead to your system running longer than it needs to, resulting in damaged components or a shorter system life.

5. Ignoring Preventative Maintenance

We always say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and we’re sticking to that in 2018. Having an HVAC contractor look at your heating and cooling system twice a year — in the spring and in the fall — may prevent serious (and expensive) issues with your HVAC system. Preventative maintenance is also a great way to save money during peak seasons.

Have you scheduled your first preventative maintenance appointment for 2018 yet? If not, give us a call at 317-670-0171, and we can help!

Brian Schutt


is the co-owner of Homesense Heating | Cooling. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he loves the city and its people, and is committed to bringing a servants mindset into the heating and cooling industry. One of the ways he does that is to translate the technical language of HVAC into the manageable and understandable for homeowners.

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