An HVAC system is one of the largest home investments you can make. With this in mind, you want to get as much time and energy as you can out of it. You want it to last a long time and you want it to run efficiently. To do so, you need to take proper care of it. There are many different ways for you to accomplish this, and B&L Ott can help. Read on to learn more about getting the most out of your HVAC system.

Choose the Right System

The first step to getting the most out of your system is to choose the right system. There are many different HVAC models on the market. With different brands, prices, sizes, models, and features, it can be difficult to figure out which model will work best for your Reading home. Let B&L Ott help. Our technicians are knowledgeable about the latest HVAC technology and can help you narrow down your options.


After you choose a system, B&L Ott can also help you install it. Installation is yet another important part of ensuring your system lasts longer and runs efficiently. If your unit isn’t set up properly, it can run into issues that lead to costly repairs. Many repairs can lead to your system breaking down sooner than expected. Therefore, it is important to have your system installed by an experienced technician you can trust.

Keep Up With Maintenance

After choosing a model and having it installed properly, the next step is to ensure your system receives proper care and attention. This means changing the filter regularly and scheduling maintenance from B&L Ott.

Filter Changes and Cleaning

The average 1” filter should be changed on a monthly basis. If you have a different filter, do as your HVAC manual and filter instructions tell you. You can also adjust how often you change your filter based on how dirty and dusty your home is. Overall, if your filter is covered with dust and debris, it is time to change it. Don’t forget to dust your air vents off as well. Changing your filter helps keep your system clean so that you can reduce wear-and-tear and other issues that take a toll on your system.

Preventative Maintenance

Next, it is time to schedule maintenance from a licensed HVAC contractor like B&L Ott. You should do so 1-2 times per year. In general, it is best to schedule maintenance once in spring before cooling season and once in the fall before the heating season. This way you can be sure that your air conditioner or furnace is ready to run all season long.

B&L Ott preventative maintenance will also help prevent costly repair and help minimize damage to your system so it will last longer. During maintenance, B&L Ott will also make sure that your system is running at maximum efficiency so you can keep your utility bills low.

Keep Conditioned Air In

If you want to get the most out of your system, you need to make sure that the warm or cool air that your system created stays where you can enjoy it. Use these two tips to help accomplish this feat.

Insulate The Attic and Basement

If your attic and basement are not insulated, conditioned air will likely leak out of your home through these places. Then your HVAC system has to work harder to replace the air that was lost. This, in turn, will cause your utility bills to rise. This is why it is important to ensure that your attic and basement are insulated.

Seal the Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are yet other points where conditioned air can escape from your home. To prevent leaks, you should ensure that your windows and doors are sealed. If you plan on installing new doors or windows anytime soon, look for energy efficient models. On top of this, you can also use curtains and draft stoppers to help insulate these areas.

Invest In Efficiency Technology

Finally, consider investing in additional technology that can maximize your HVAC system’s efficiency even more.

Programmable Thermostat

One of the most popular systems is a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to create a schedule for your HVAC system to follow. You can save energy during the day while your family is not home and still have comfort while you are home. Some Smart Thermostats can also be controlled remotely via an app on your Smart device. Talk to a B&L Ott technician to learn more.


A home-zoning system can also help you maximize the efficiency of your system. This system divides your home into sections using dampers in your air ducts. This allows you to direct the conditioned air that your HVAC created precisely where you want it to go. You can make the rooms you are currently using the perfect temperature while allowing the rest of your home to be set back a few degrees. This saves both energy and money while helping extend the life of your HVAC system.

Contact B&L Ott Today!

If you are ready to get the most out of your system, contact B&L Ott now to learn how you can maximize your efficiency and extend the life of your HVAC system. You can do so through our website here: You can also call us at 610-927-5133.