Some Useful HVAC Tips
When do you need to make some changes in your HVAC system?
- Some of your rooms are too hot or cold.
- Your home has humidity problems, excessive dust, or rooms that never seem to get comfortable.
- Your energy bills are going up.Your heating and cooling equipment is more than 10 years old.
To improve efficiency you should consider replacing your equipment with a high efficiency unit. It’s a good idea to ask an expert about the different options for a new heating or cooling system before your current one breaks, so you can make an informed decision if you need to act quickly.
How to Save Money When Running an Air Conditioner
It may seem like an oxymoron to talk about saving money when running your air conditioner during the summer, but it can be done by taking some extra steps. Here are some tips to help you save some money this summer with your air conditioner.
Tip #1: Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great and easy way to help lower your summertime utility bills. Ceiling fans help circulate the cool air in your home, making it feel anywhere from 3-7 degrees cooler.
Tip #2: Shade Indoor Areas During the Day
Depending on the orientation of your home, different parts of your house will be warmer than others throughout the day. This is due to heat gain that comes directly from the sun. The best way to curb this daytime heat gain is by shading that side of the house with blinds, drapes and/or solar screens.
Tip #3: Cool Only When People Are in the Property
How many times have you heard that keeping your home at a single, steady temperature all day is better for your cooling bill? Yeah, us, too; unfortunately, it simply isn’t true, particularly if you have a programmable thermostat. Why should you consider turning up your thermostat when no one is home? First, it doesn’t take very long for your home to cool off when people are there; second, reducing your air temperature during the day can help you save money on your monthly utility bill.
Tip #4: Make Sure Your Ductwork Is In Good Shape
One of the biggest challenges with ductwork is that it can leak due to holes, cracks, broken seals and disconnections. Leaky ductwork can create an air loss of up to 30%– that’s a lot of air not going into your home. The best way to get ahead of faulty ductwork and improve indoor air quality is to have it checked annually and cleaned thoroughly every 2-3 years.
Tip #5: Schedule Bi-Annual Maintenance
During bi-annual maintenance, your system is inspected and cleaned, and if adjustments or repairs need to be made, they’ll be conducted. Regular maintenance can stop small problems from becoming large, expensive ones, as well as give your system the cleaning and lubrication it needs to run optimally.
Tip #6: Clean your air conditioner Filters
Keeping the filter clean can also lower your air conditioners energy consumption by 5%–15%. The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal air flow and can reduce your systems efficiency significantly. With normal air flow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coils heat absorbing capacity.
We recommend that you clean or replace your air conditioning systems filter(s) every month or two during the peak season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, subjected to dusty conditions or you have pets in the house.
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