Why Decluttering Your Home Prevents Heating & Cooling Repairs
Bryan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. knows how important your HVAC system is for achieving and maintaining indoor comfort in your home or business. Without proper care, however, your heating and A/C could fail to provide adequate heat or cool air when you need it most. While many heating and cooling systems are durable pieces of machinery, there are a number of reasons for which system failure or potential hazards could occur.
The most common locations of HVAC systems include the attic or basement — which are also commonly used for storage of seasonal decorations and other household or personal items. But if clutter accumulates around your system, it can reduce proper airflow, require frequent HVAC repair, and diminish the functional lifespan of your unit, among other issues. To keep your system functioning optimally — and avoid the following HVAC issues — remember these tips for keeping the area around your HVAC clutter-free.
4 Common HVAC Issues Due To Clutter
Heating and cooling systems require regular care for efficient and effective system function. In addition to regular check-ups, another aspect of HVAC care is keeping the area around your system free from potential obstructions. Clutter around your system could cause the following common HVAC issues.
1. Inadequate Airflow
Debris around your HVAC unit — whether it’s boxes of Christmas decorations or stored memorabilia — is a prime cause of inadequate airflow in a home or business. Obstructions to the vents and air ducts reduce the system’s ability to pull and move air to each room in the structure, causing some rooms to feel warmer, or cooler, than other rooms within the structure.
2. Potential Fire Hazard
Any item stored near the furnace is a fire hazard. Clutter can also obstruct the combustion air supply — this could lead to the production of carbon monoxide gas, which is highly toxic to humans and pets.
3. Frequent HVAC Repair
If the area around your system is cluttered, you can expect an increase in AC and furnace repair services. Even if your HVAC unit is brand new, the excess strain caused from blocked vents and system obstructions double the amount of natural wear and tear to the system.
4. Reduced System Efficiency
Anything blocking the area around your HVAC could cause a decrease in system efficiency. Blocked airflow causes the system to work harder than necessary to reach the desired level of warmth or cold, meaning higher monthly utility bills, and a greater overall cost of operation.
How To Keep Your HVAC Clutter-Free
While it may be easy to forget about an HVAC system that’s in the attic or basement — out of sight, out of mind — the best way to avoid system issues associated with clutter is by keeping the space clear on a regular basis.
Deep cleaning around your indoor space isn’t just reserved for springtime. Inspect the attic or basement each week to ensure the system and vents are clear of any dust, storage containers, moving boxes, or other types of obstructions. In addition to avoiding common HVAC issues, regular tidying-up could help promote system efficiency, high indoor air quality, and an extended functional lifespan.
Contact A Professional Organizer
Another great option to keep the area around your HVAC system free of clutter is by hiring a professional organizer in Wichita. Professional organizers can help you create a plan for transforming an overstocked attic or basement into a neat and tidy storage space that is tailored to your specific needs and preferences. What’s more, your A/C or furnace can also benefit from a lack of clutter and provide you with more effective and efficient heating and cooling.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Scheduling professional HVAC maintenance is the best thing you can do to ensure proper function, increased longevity, and efficient performance of your heating and cooling system. Maintenance can help you avoid unaddressed issues, including obstructed areas around your HVAC system, which can cause damage to other parts and lead to larger, more expensive repairs. Bryan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. makes scheduling check-ups a breeze with our Blue Star Maintenance Package, which includes two seasonal system check-ups per year, among other members-only benefits. To schedule a system check-up, contact us today.