In just a matter of hours, Christmas became but a faint memory in the rear-view mirror. The glazed ham is now a spare tire around your waist, the gifts are put away and all that is left is the wrapping paper and pine needles from the tree on the carpet. It is now time to focus on what you need to do this coming new year.

That’s right, 2019 is less than a week away and you had better have some pretty good resolutions. Sure, you want to get more exercise, eat better and lose that spare tire around your waist. But you want more; you need more.

For example, you should resolve to change some of the bad habits you have acquired over the years. You know, the bad HVAC habits you have that wind up costing you money in heating and cooling repairs. Look, we would be more than happy to point them out to you.

Oxford Energy, your furnace repair service in New Jersey, offers you the bad HVAC habits you have picked up over the years.

Forgetting to Change the Filter

Quickly: When was the last time you changed the furnace filter? If it has been longer than two or three months, then you are making your furnace work much harder than what it needs to. And this will lead to more frequent repairs and shorter system life.

Resolve to change your furnace and air conditioning filter out at least once every two months. That is, unless you buy 30-day filters, then you need to be changing those out every month.

Closing Vents

If you are the type of person who closes HVAC vents in rooms that get little or no use; shame on you and stop it right away. Your HVAC system is designed to cool or heat a certain amount of space. When you start closing off vents, you disrupt the balance. A closed register in a closed-off room changes the amount of space your unit heats, the result is a system that runs longer than it should. Over time, this could damage components and shorten your system’s life.

Thermostat Abuse

If you are “that guy” who is constantly getting up, walking to the thermostat and making adjustments, it needs to stop this very instant. It is time that you fully understand just how your thermostat works.

Your heater will work best if you set your thermostat and then just leave it alone. Continually changing the settings on your thermostat will result in cycles that run too short or too long, both of which are not good for your HVAC system. Once you have set your desired temperatures, there is nothing to be gained by changing them.

Preventative Maintenance

Having your HVAC unit serviced once a year is the best thing you can do to keep it running properly and save money. A small repair is all that is needed when the problem is caught in the early stages during an annual inspection. A small problem on a furnace that hasn’t been serviced suddenly becomes an expensive emergency on the coldest day of the year.

So go ahead, give Oxford Energy a call and we will have a look.